Afrixalus upembae 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Hyperoliidae

Scientific Name: Afrixalus upembae
Species Authority: (Laurent, 1941)
Taxonomic Notes: This species is a member of the still unresolved Afrixalus quadrivittatus complex. It is not yet clear whether or not it will prove to be a valid species, or whether or not it is a synonym of another species within this complex.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2014
Date Assessed: 2013-09-19
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Angulo, A.
Contributor(s): Schiøtz, A. & Pickersgill, M.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Morris, E.J.
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing doubts as to its taxonomic validity as well as absence of recent information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Data Deficient (DD)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from Lower Shaba Province in southern Democratic Republic of Congo, although it might well occur much more widely than this.
Countries occurrence:
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
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Population [top]

Population: There is no recent information on its population status, but it is presumably abundant, since the type series consists of over 1,000 specimens.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is believed to be a species of moist savannah, presumably breeding in small pools.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There is no information on the use or trade of this species.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There is no direct information on threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in Upemba National Park. There is no information on the population status, ecology and threats to this species. There are also continuing doubts as to its taxonomic validity, so research in these areas is required.

Classifications [top]

2. Savanna -> 2.2. Savanna - Moist
suitability: Suitable season: resident 
5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.7. Wetlands (inland) - Permanent Freshwater Marshes/Pools (under 8ha)
suitability: Unknown season: breeding 
5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.8. Wetlands (inland) - Seasonal/Intermittent Freshwater Marshes/Pools (under 8ha)
suitability: Unknown season: breeding 

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
  Conservation sites identified:Unknown
  Occur in at least one PA:Yes
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
1. Research -> 1.1. Taxonomy
1. Research -> 1.2. Population size, distribution & trends
1. Research -> 1.5. Threats

Bibliography [top]

IUCN. 2014. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.1. Available at: (Accessed: 12 June 2014).

Laurent, R.F. 1957. Genres Afrixalus et Hyperolius (Amphibia Salienta). Exploration du Parc National de l'Upemba. Mission: 1-47.

Laurent, R.F. 1982. Le genre Afrixalus Laurent (Hyperoliidae) en Afrique Centrale. Annales Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Sciences Zoologiques: 1-58.

Perret, J.-L. 1976. Identite de quelques Afrixalus (Amphibia, Salienta, Hyperoliidae). Bulletin de la Societe Neuchateloise des Sciences Naturelles: 19-28.

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

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2014. Afrixalus upembae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T56082A18371811. . Downloaded on 27 November 2015.
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