Hymenochirus curtipes


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Hymenochirus curtipes
Species Authority: Nobel, 1924
Common Name(s):
English Western Dwarf Clawed Frog
Taxonomic Notes: The taxonomic status of this form requires further investigation.

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): Measey, J., Beier, M. & Tinsley, R.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Morris, E.J.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution and presumed large population.
2009 Least Concern
2006 Least Concern
2004 Data Deficient

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from the type locality north of the mouth of the Congo River, in northern and western Democratic Republic of the Congo, northeast along the border with Congo as far north as the border with the Central African Republic, and from the Likouala Region, Republic of Congo. The species' distribution on the map includes extreme southern Central African Republic, though there are no records for this country yet. It may occur more widely.
Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
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Population [top]

Population: The population status of this species is unknown. It was recently reported from two specimens in the Republic of Congo (Jackson et al. 2007).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The two individuals reported from the Congo were found in amplexus in flooded forest (Jackson et al. 2007). It is presumed to be ecologically similar to Hymenochirus boettgeri, in other words, a water-dependent species, generally found in still, shaded water in lowland rainforest, and in pools by slow-flowing rivers.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

This species is harvested for the pet trade, although it is not thought to be a major threat at present.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There is no direct information on threats to this species. There is significant trade of this species as a pet, although it is not thought to be a major threat at present.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is known to occur just outside the borders of the Lac Téle Community Reserve (LTCR) in the Congo, operated by the Wildlife Conservation Society (Jackson et al. 2007). It is likely to occur within the Reserve.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Hymenochirus curtipes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 01 September 2015.
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