Cardioglossa pulchra


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Cardioglossa pulchra
Species Authority: Schiøtz, 1963
Taxonomic Notes: Records of this species from Tchabal Mbabo refer to Cardioglossa alsco.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Arne Schiøtz, Jean-Louis Amiet
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is probably less than 5,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and the extent of its forest habitat in the Cameroonian mountains is declining.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from the mountains of eastern Nigeria and western Cameroon at 900-1,800m asl. In Nigeria, it has been recorded from the Obudu Plateau, and in Cameroon it is known from Mount Manenguba, Mount Ngokham, the Bafut-Ngemba Forest Reserve, Batie, and Fongo-Tongo. At Mwakoumel on Mount Manenguba, it co-exists with C. melanogaster and C. venusta.
Cameroon; Nigeria
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Population [top]

Population: It is known to be common in the breeding season.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It lives in submontane and montane forest along fast-flowing streams and also at high elevations along forest edges. It can survive with some deforestation and it breeds in streams.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is probably threatened by ongoing forest loss caused by agricultural encroachment, extraction of wood, and expanding human settlements.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is found in the Bafut-Ngemba Forest Reserve in Cameroon and the Cross River National Park in Nigeria. Continued protection of these areas, and further habitat protection of the remaining highland forests in Cameroon, particularly Mount Manenguba, and in Nigeria, is needed.

Bibliography [top]

Amiet, J.-L. 1971. Les batraciens orophiles du Cameroun. Annales de la Faculté des Sciences du Cameroun 5: 83-102.

Amiet, J.-L. 1972. Description de cinq nouvelles especes camerounaise de Cardioglossa (Amphibiens Anoures). Biologica Gabonica: 201-231.

Amiet, J.-L. 1972. Les Cardioglossa camerounaises. Science et Nature: 11-24.

Amiet, J.-L. 1973. Voix d'Amphibiens camerounais. II - Arthroleptinae: genre Cardioglossa. Annales de la Faculté des Sciences du Cameroun: 149-164.

Amiet, J.-L. 1975. Ecologie et distribution des amphibiens anoures de la region de Nkongsamba (Cameroun). Annales de la Faculté des Sciences du Yaoundé: 33-107.

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

Schiøtz, A. 1963. The amphibians of Nigeria. Videnskabelige Meddelelser fra Dansk Naturhistorisk Forening: 1-92.

Citation: Arne Schiøtz, Jean-Louis Amiet 2004. Cardioglossa pulchra. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 26 May 2015.
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