Ptychadena stenocephala


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Ptychadena stenocephala
Species Authority: (Boulenger, 1901)
Taxonomic Notes: This form probably comprises several species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2013-07-10
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N.
Contributor(s): Amiet, J.-L., Howell, K. & Rödel , M.-O.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Morris, E.J.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution and its presumed large population.
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This range of this species is very imperfectly known. There are definite records from Entebbe in Uganda (the type locality), central Cameroon, and Mount Nimba in Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea. 
There are published records in addition from Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Angola, but it is not certain that these refer to this species. If its distribution is not fragmented, it presumably occurs widely in West African savannahs, in southern Chad, the Central African Republic, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and South Sudan / southern Sudan. 
The distribution map is very provisional, and it has been assumed that the range is fragmented. 
There have been no recent records from Uganda and Mount Nimba, presumably due to the lack of herpetological work in these areas.
Cameroon; Côte d'Ivoire; Guinea; Uganda
Range Map: Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population: In Cameroon, its abundance is hard to determine, since the species is difficult to capture.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: In Cameroon it lives in savannahs and grasslands, including flooded grassland, avoiding areas with tall grass and other vegetation. It breeds in temporary marshes. On Mount Nimba it is said to live in both forest and savannah.
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 unlikely to be facing serious threats, at least in Cameroon, where it seems to be an adaptable species. There is no direct information from elsewhere in its range.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is present in the Mount Nimba World Heritage Site, and it presumably occurs in several other protected areas.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Ptychadena stenocephala. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 05 September 2015.
Disclaimer: To make use of this information, please check the <Terms of Use>.
Feedback: If you see any errors or have any questions or suggestions on what is shown on this page, please provide us with feedback so that we can correct or extend the information provided