Phrynobatrachus tokba 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Phrynobatrachidae

Scientific Name: Phrynobatrachus tokba
Species Authority: (Chabanaud, 1921)
Phrynobatrachus alticola Guibé and Lamotte, 1962
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2013. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 5.6 (9 January 2013). Electronic Database. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA. Available at:
Taxonomic Notes: This species was known only from the type locality, but the more widespread Phrynobatrachus alticola was later determined to be a synonym (Rödel et al. 2005). The type specimen of P. alticola has been lost, hence the synonymy was difficult to confirm.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2013-07-11
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N.
Contributor(s): Schiøtz, A. & Rödel , M.-O.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Morris, E.J.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification and its presumed large population.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2006 Least Concern (LC)
2004 Data Deficient (DD)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in Sierra Leone, southern Guinea, Liberia, western and southwestern Côte d’Ivoire and Boi Tano Forest Reserve, Draw River Forest Reserve and Ankasa National Park (Hillers et al. 2009) in Ghana. Records from Cape Three Points Forest Reserve in southwestern Ghana require confirmation (M.O. Rödel pers. comm.). It was for a long time known only from the type locality, N'Zébéla and N'Zérékoré, in southern Guinea until the synonymy with Phrynobatrachus alticola was confirmed. It occurs up to 1,600 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Côte d'Ivoire; Ghana; Guinea; Liberia; Sierra Leone
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1600
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Population [top]

Population: It is an extremely common species.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a species found in leaf-litter of secondary forests with a broken canopy, tree fall gaps in primary forest, heavily degraded former forest (farm bush) and occasionally in moist savannah. It breeds by direct development. The eggs are laid on the ground, and the larvae develop with the gelatinous mass.
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There are no reports of this species being utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Although it is somewhat adaptable, it is probably affected by agricultural expansion, logging and human settlements when these lead to serious opening up of the habitat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It probably occurs in all of the forested protected areas within its range.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2013. Phrynobatrachus tokba. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58145A18396312. . Downloaded on 02 December 2015.
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