Ptychadena pumilio 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Ptychadenidae

Scientific Name: Ptychadena pumilio
Species Authority: (Boulenger, 1920)
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: The southern and eastern populations are now separated as Ptychadena taenioscelis, following Poynton and Broadley (1985b).

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): Amiet, J.-L., Largen, M.J. & Rödel , M.-O.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Morris, E.J.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its very wide distribution, its 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 ranges from Senegal to northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo and western Ethiopia. Records from coastal Gabon and southern Congo are provisionally assigned here to Ptychadena taenioscelis, though they could belong to this species. The boundary between this species and Ptychadena taenioscelis is imperfectly understood (especially in Uganda, from where neither species has been recorded, but both probably occur). There to not appear to be records from Mauritania, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Niger, Chad, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda, but it is likely to occur in these countries and they are included in the species' distribution on the map. It occurs up to 1,900 m asl in Ethiopia.
Countries occurrence:
Benin; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Ethiopia; Mali; Nigeria; Senegal; Sierra Leone
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1900
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Population [top]

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

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It lives in dense, low grassland throughout the humid and dry savannah zone, and also in dry forests, gallery forests, montane grassland, and in some disturbed habitats in the forest zone. It is often found close to water, and especially on the banks of rivers and pools. It breeds in shallow ponds and ditches, both permanent and temporary.
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 an adaptable species that is not facing any significant threats, except in localized situations.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in many protected areas.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2013. Ptychadena pumilio. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58521A18401115. . Downloaded on 30 November 2015.
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