Amietia hymenopus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Pyxicephalidae

Scientific Name: Amietia hymenopus
Species Authority: (Boulenger, 1920)
Common Name(s):
English Drakensberg Stream Frog
Rana hymenopus Boulenger, 1920
Strongylopus hymenopus (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:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2013-07-08
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N.
Contributor(s): Channing, A. & Minter, L.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Morris, E.J.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution and presumed large population.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Least Concern (LC)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic of the high slopes of the Drakensberg Mountains and Lesotho Highlands, in South Africa and Lesotho. It occurs at 1,800-3,000 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Lesotho; South Africa
Lower elevation limit (metres): 1800
Upper elevation limit (metres): 3000
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Population [top]

Population: It is an uncommon species. There have only been two records since 1975, but this is probably a result of limited survey effort.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It lives in high-altitude riverine grassland. It breeds in seepage areas on the rocky banks of slow-flowing streams, or near the edges of pools. It lays its eggs in water.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

There are no reports of this species being utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Despite its rarity, it faces few threats due to the remoteness of its habitat. However, being a high-altitude stream-breeder, it is a candidate species for chytridiomycosis.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Its range includes uKhahlamba-Drakensburg Park. More research within the species' range is needed, especially monitoring for any chytridiomycosis impacts.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2013. Amietia hymenopus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58768A3073493. . Downloaded on 27 November 2015.
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