Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Ptychadenidae

Scientific Name: Ptychadena uzungwensis
Species Authority: (Loveridge, 1932)
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: 2013-07-11
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N.
Contributor(s): Channing, A., Poynton, J., Howell, K. & Minter, L.
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 species ranges from Rwanda and Burundi, through eastern and southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, southern Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, central Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Angola. The specimens from northern South Africa previously assigned to this species are thought to in fact be Ptychadena porosissima. It is an upland species, occurring at 800-2,300 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Angola (Angola); Burundi; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Malawi; Mozambique; Rwanda; Tanzania, United Republic of; Zambia; Zimbabwe
Lower elevation limit (metres): 800
Upper elevation limit (metres): 2300
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Population [top]

Population: It is believed to be reasonably common in suitable habitat. There are no recent confirmed records from South Africa, and the continued existence of this isolated population should be investigated.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a species of medium- to high-altitude grasslands, in the vicinity of pools, seepages, dambos and permanent sponges, where it presumably breeds. The males call from shallow water. Its adaptability to altered habitats is not known.
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 very little information, but 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 many protected areas, including the Upemba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2013. Ptychadena uzungwensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58533A3070559. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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