Afrixalus septentrionalis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Afrixalus septentrionalis
Species Authority: Schiøtz, 1974

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Martin Pickersgill, Arne Schiøtz, Kim Howell
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This poorly known species has been recorded from a small number of localities in inland southeastern Kenya and northeastern Tanzania. It has been recorded from Ngomeni in Kenya south to Tarangire National Park in Tanzania. Its distribution is still imperfectly known, and it is probably more widespread than the few records suggest.
Kenya; Tanzania, United Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: The limited information available suggests that it is common in suitable locations.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is associated with grassy pools and marshes in dry savannah. It presumably breeds in temporary pools.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Local populations are probably affected by overgrazing by domestic livestock, as well as by fire, and perhaps drought. However, it is unlikely to be seriously at risk.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in Tsavo West and Tsavo East National Parks in Kenya, and in Tarangire National Park in Tanzania.

Bibliography [top]

Channing, A. and Howell, K.M. 2006. Amphibians of East Africa. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main.

IUCN. 2004. 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 23 November 2004.

Kreulen, D.A. 1987. The reed frog Afrixalus pygmaeus septentrionalis and its occurrence in Tanzania. East Afr. Nat. Hist. Soc. Bull.: 31-33.

Pickersgill, M. 1992. A new species of Afrixalus (Amphibia, Anura, Hyperoliidae) from eastern Africa. Steenstrupia: 145-148.

Schiøtz, A. 1974. Revision of the genus Afrixalus (Anura) in eastern Africa. Videnskabelige Meddelelser fra Dansk Naturhistorisk Forening: 9-18.

Schiøtz, A. 1975. The Treefrogs of Eastern Africa. Steenstrupia, Copenhagen.

Schiøtz, A. 1999. Treefrogs of Africa. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main.

Citation: Martin Pickersgill, Arne Schiøtz, Kim Howell 2004. Afrixalus septentrionalis. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 August 2015.
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