Xenopus clivii


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Xenopus clivii
Species Authority: Peracca, 1898
Common Name(s):
English Eritrea Clawed Frog, Peracca's Clawed Frog

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): John Measey, Richard Tinsley, Malcolm Largen
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 has its range centred on the Ethiopian Plateau (where it occurs on both sides of the Rift Valley and it the Valley itself) and Eritrea, and it is reputed to occur in the Lake Turkana region of northwestern Kenya and immediately adjacent Sudan. Its altitudinal range is 820-2,745m asl; records up to 3,500m asl are unsubstantiated.
Eritrea; Ethiopia; Kenya; South Sudan
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Population [top]

Population: It is common to abundant in many localities.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a water-dependent species, living in permanent water in a wide variety of habitats, including both montane and lowland forest, montane grassland, Acacia woodland and arid savannah. It breeds in permanent, still and slow-flowing waterbodies.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The most likely threats are environmental degradation and aquatic pollution resulting from human activities. However, it is a resilient species, and is not seriously threatened.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in several protected areas.

Citation: John Measey, Richard Tinsley, Malcolm Largen 2004. Xenopus clivii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 02 September 2015.
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