Phrynobatrachus cryptotis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Phrynobatrachus cryptotis
Species Authority: Schmidt and Inger, 1959
Taxonomic Notes: Phrynobatrachus cryptotis might be a junior synonym of P. mababiensis (Poynton and Broadley 1985b).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor/s: Martin Pickersgill, John Poynton
Reviewer/s: Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing doubts as to its taxonomic validity as well as absence of recent information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species was described from Upemba National Park, in Shaba Province in south-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Records have also been claimed from north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe, but it is likely that these actually refer to Phrynobatrachus mababiensis (which this species might indeed be a junior synonym of). Pending resolution of its taxonomic status, this species is currently understood as occurring only in south-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
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Population [top]

Population: It is a cryptic species, but apparently it is not uncommon in suitable habitat. However, there have been no recent records, presumably due to a lack of herpetological work in the area.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is associated with streams and marshes in humid savannah and gallery forest. Its breeding biology is unknown, but reproduction presumably takes place in water, as with most other members of its genus.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There is no information available on threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Upemba National Park is the only protected area from which it is currently known.
Citation: Martin Pickersgill, John Poynton 2004. Phrynobatrachus cryptotis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 19 April 2014.
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