Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Ptychadenidae

Scientific Name: Ptychadena gansi
Species Authority: Laurent, 1965
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:
Taxonomic Notes: This form is sometimes considered to be a synonym of Ptychadena mossambica.

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): Nistri, A., Lanza, B. & Balletto, E.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Morris, E.J.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats and its presumed large population.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Least Concern (LC)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to southern Somalia, particularly, but not entirely, in the floodplains on the Jubba and Webi Shabeelle Rivers.
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: It is a fairly common species.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Its habitat preferences when it is not breeding are not well known, though it presumably a species of dry savannahs and semi-arid habitats. It breeds in temporary pools and gheltas (permanent pools at the foot of cliffs or in the mouth of caves).
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

There are no reports of this species being utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There is little information. It might be impacted by livestock grazing, and perhaps fire and droughts, but otherwise it does not appear to be significantly threatened at the moment.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It does not occur in any protected areas.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2013. Ptychadena gansi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58501A18399730. . Downloaded on 08 October 2015.
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