Pseudhymenochirus merlini


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Pseudhymenochirus merlini
Species Authority: Chabanaud, 1920

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2013-07-04
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N.
Contributor(s): Measey, J., Rödel , M.-O. & Tinsley, R.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Morris, E.J.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution, it tolerance of a degree of habitat modification and its presumed large population.
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species ranges from southern Guinea-Bissau, through western Guinea, to southern Sierra Leone.
Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Sierra Leone
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common species where it occurs.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a water-dependent species, and is usually found in still water, milky, silt-laden water, shaded by trees in lowland forest, including secondary forest. However, it has also been found in small, very slow-moving rocky streams, and in water in agricultural land, providing that the water remains shaded. It can thrive in newly created aquatic habitats, which it readily colonizes overland. It avoids waterbodies with large fish populations. It breeds in water and has predatory tadpoles.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

It is harvested for local human consumption.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main threat might be harvesting for local human consumption. The animals are caught with wicker trays. Removal of shade trees and introduction of predatory fish might also be threats, at least locally. However, it is thought that the species is not seriously threatened.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has not been confirmed from any protected areas, and there are very few within its range.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Pseudhymenochirus merlini. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 03 September 2015.
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