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Amietia fuscigula

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA ANURA PYXICEPHALIDAE

Scientific Name: Amietia fuscigula
Species Authority: (Dumeril & Bibron, 1841)
Common Name/s:
English Cape River Frog
Synonym/s:
Afrana fuscigula (Dumeril and Bibron, 1841)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor/s: Leslie Minter, Alan Channing
Reviewer/s: Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, 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 ranges widely in South Africa, Lesotho, western Swaziland and extreme southern Namibia. There are also isolated populations in the Naufluft Mountains and along the Fish River in south-central Namibia.
Countries:
Native:
Lesotho; Namibia; South Africa; Swaziland
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common species, with large breeding aggregations.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a species of grassland, fynbos heath land, and succulent karroo and Nama karroo shrubland. It survives in altered habitats such as pastureland and agricultural land. It breeds in well-vegetated streams rivers, and in ponds and dams in dry areas.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is not significantly threatened, it is an adaptable species, but some local populations have been adversely affected by dams. The construction of the Hardap Dam on the Fish River in Namibia appears to have had a negative influence on the habitat downstream, as the river is considerably drier than it was before the dam was built. Chytrid fungus was detected in this species in Western Cape and Northern Cape, South Africa.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in many protected areas.
Citation: Leslie Minter, Alan Channing 2004. Amietia fuscigula. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 17 April 2014.
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