Ptychadena obscura 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Ptychadenidae

Scientific Name: Ptychadena obscura
Species Authority: (Schmidt & Inger, 1959)
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: 2013-07-05
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N.
Contributor(s): Channing, A. & Poynton, J.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Morris, E.J.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution and its presumed large population.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Least Concern (LC)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in Shaba Province in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo and in northern Zambia, above 750 m asl. It is likely to occur in eastern Angola and southwestern Tanzania.
Countries occurrence:
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Zambia
Lower elevation limit (metres): 750
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Population [top]

Population: There is very little information on this species, though it is likely to be common in suitable habitat.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Very little is known, but it has been found in moist savannah woodland, grassland, and on the grassy wet verge of a lake. Its adaptability to altered habitats is not known. It apparently breeds in the rainy season, but few details are available.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

There are no reports of this species being utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is widely distributed in a region of low human impact, and so it is unlikely to be significantly threatened, except in local situations.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in the Upemba National Park (Democratic Republic of Congo), and presumably in several other protected areas.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2013. Ptychadena obscura. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58515A18400680. . Downloaded on 27 November 2015.
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