Ptychadena stenocephala 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Ptychadenidae

Scientific Name: Ptychadena stenocephala
Species Authority: (Boulenger, 1901)
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 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.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Least Concern (LC)

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.
Countries occurrence:
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.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: 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 2013: e.T58524A18401646. . Downloaded on 26 November 2015.
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