Phrynobatrachus ukingensis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Phrynobatrachus ukingensis
Species Authority: (Loveridge, 1932)
Taxonomic Notes: The taxonomic status of this species in relation to Phrynobatrachus mababiensis and P. parvulus is not clear (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: Lovemore Mazibuko, 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, extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in the Ukinga and Rungwe Mountains of southern Tanzania, and in the Misuku Mountains and at Nchenachena in northern Malawi, and at Maroka (in the highlands south-west of Zomba) in southern Malawi. It has recently been found much further to the north in the Uluguru Mountains of eastern Tanzania. It presumably occurs more widely, in particular between the currently known sites. It is a montane species, probably occurring above 1,000m asl, and perhaps ranging to over 2,000m asl in places.
Malawi; Tanzania, United Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: There is very little information on its population status. It has only seldom been recorded, presumably due to confusion with Phrynobatrachus parvulus and P. mababiensis.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It appears to be a species of montane forest, forest edges, and open montane grassland. It apparently lives in marshy areas in open situations, or at the edge of montane forest, and presumably breeds in marshes and associated pools.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main threats to this species are agricultural expansion, wood extraction and expanding human settlements, which are most likely adversely affecting it by causing the ongoing loss of forest and degradation of montane grassland within its range.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in Matipa Forest Reserve in the Misuku Mountains. Its taxonomic status requires review.
Citation: Lovemore Mazibuko, John Poynton 2004. Phrynobatrachus ukingensis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 20 April 2014.
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