Hyperolius kihangensis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Hyperolius kihangensis
Species Authority: Schiøtz & Westergaard In Schiøtz, 1999

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Arne Schiøtz, Kim Howell
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, it is known from fewer than five locations, and the quality and extent of its forest and swamp habitat in the Udzungwa Mountains is declining.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from the Luhega Forest in the Udzungwa Scap Forest Reserve at 1,740m asl in the Udzungwa Mountains in eastern Tanzania. It is probably more widespread in the Udzungwa Mountains, though it appears to be absent from apparently suitable sites close to the type locality.
Tanzania, United Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: It is common in its only known locality.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It has been found in swamps in dense montane forest. Its breeding biology is unknown, though it is likely to take place in swamps. Its adaptability to altered habitats is unknown.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main threat to the species is likely to be the loss of habitats for agriculture, livestock, wood extraction, and human settlements.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in the Udzungwa Scap Forest Reserve; it could also occur in the Udzungwa National Park, although its presence there has not yet been confirmed.

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.

Poynton, J.C. 2003. Altitudinal species turnover in southern Tanzania shown by anurans: some zoogeographical considerations. Systematics and Biodiversity: 117-126.

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

Schiøtz, A. and Westergaard, M. 2000. Notes on some Hyperolius from Tanzania with the description of two new species. Steenstrupia: 1-9.

Citation: Arne Schiøtz, Kim Howell 2004. Hyperolius kihangensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 03 September 2015.
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