Xenopus wittei 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Pipidae

Scientific Name: Xenopus wittei Tinsley, Kobel & Fischberg, 1979
Common Name(s):
English De Witte's Clawed Frog
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2013. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 5.6 (9 January 2013). Electronic Database. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA. Available at:

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., Howell, K. & Tinsley, R.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Morris, E.J.
Listed as Least Concern since, although its Extent of Occurrence is probably less than 20,000 km2, it occurs in an area of extensive, suitable habitat which appears not to be under threat and it has a presumed large population.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs in the mountains bordering the Albertine Rift in southwestern Uganda, western Rwanda and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It ranges as far north as Kibale Forest in Uganda. It probably occurs in northwestern Burundi, and this is included in the species' distribution on the map. It is known to occur from 1,200 up to 2,300 m asl. Its Extent of Occurrence is probably less than 20,000 km2.
Countries occurrence:
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Rwanda; Uganda
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):1200
Upper elevation limit (metres):2300
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Population [top]

Population:It is a very abundant species.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is a water-dependent species of highland swamps and lake margins, often occurring in small and large ponds, ditches and streams. It is a very adaptable species, found in both forest and in high-altitude grassland and agricultural areas, where it does not require shade. It is replaced by Xenopus pygmaeus in lowland forest.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: It is a source of food for local people.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is an adaptable species that is not significantly threatened, although harvesting for human consumption might have a local impact.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in the Virunga National Park (Democratic Republic of Congo), Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda), Bwindi-Impenetrable National Park (Uganda) and Kibale National Park (Uganda).

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2013. Xenopus wittei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58182A18398471. . Downloaded on 25 May 2018.
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