Xenopus epitropicalis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Xenopus epitropicalis
Species Authority: Fischberg, Colombelli & Picard, 1982
Common Name(s):
English Cameroon Clawed Frog
Silurana epitropicalis (Fischberg, Colombelli and Picard, 1982)
Taxonomic Notes: This form is a tetraploid species. There are probably other species to be discovered in this genus (R.C. Tinsley pers. comm.). The Sanaga River in Cameroon has arbitrarily been set as the boundary between this species and Silurana tropicalis, pending more information (Loumont 1983).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Richard Tinsley, John Measey, Marius Burger
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, its presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species' distribution is very poorly known. There are records from: Garamba National Park in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo; Kinshasa in western Democratic Republic of Congo; northeastern Angola; several localities covering most of Gabon; Point Noire in Congo; mainland Equatorial Guinea; and Longyi, Akok, Efulen, Bipindi, Nkoemvone and Ebolowa in Cameroon south of the Sanaga River. We follow Loumont (1983) in provisionally assigning records to the west and north of the Sanaga River to Silurana tropicalis. The distribution map should be considered as provisional.
Angola (Angola); Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon
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Population [top]

Population: It is a very abundant species locally.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a water-dependent species, that is found in small water holes in lowland rainforest around 1m deep and 1-2m in diameter. It can tolerate some habitat disturbance, but require canopy cover over its ponds. It has filter-feeding tadpoles.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is presumably affected, at least locally, by severe forest loss such as clear felling, and the expansion of open agricultural systems.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in a number of protected areas.

Citation: Richard Tinsley, John Measey, Marius Burger 2004. Xenopus epitropicalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <>. Downloaded on 23 October 2014.
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