Afrixalus brachycnemis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Hyperoliidae

Scientific Name: Afrixalus brachycnemis (Boulenger, 1896)
Common Name(s):
English Lesser Banana Frog
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2014. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0 (7 July 2014). Electronic Database. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA. Available at:
Taxonomic Notes: Poynton and Broadley (1987) referred to true Afrixalus brachycnemis as "Afrixalus sp.". The species that they treated as Afrixalus brachycnemis is now treated as Afrixalus delicatus (M. Pickersgill pers. comm.). This species is a member of the Afrixalus stuhlmanni group (Pickersgill 2005).

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
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, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, 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 species occurs above 400m asl in northern Mozambique, Malawi, and eastern Zambia, north to southwestern Tanzania in the Rungwa area north of Lake Rukwa. There are very few records from the northern part of its range, presumably due to lack of survey work, and its distributional limits are still poorly known.
Countries occurrence:
Malawi; Mozambique; Tanzania, United Republic of
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Population [top]

Population:It is common wherever it is the only dwarf Afrixalus species present. Where it is sympatric with Arixalus delicatus, this species always appears to be the more rare of the two, and its populations are much smaller, with numbers of calling males at several sites estimated to be less 50 individuals.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is a species of grassy pools and marshes in moist grassland and savannah. It can survive in anthropogenic habitats. It breeds in ephemeral ponds and with dense peripheral vegetation.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is unlikely to be seriously threatened, although it might be in long-term decline as a result of unsuccessful competition with Afrixalus delicatus, which appears to be an aggressive competitor. Some populations might be impacted by agricultural spread. Chemical spraying to control mosquitoes might impact some populations.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It probably occurs in several protected areas.

Citation: Martin Pickersgill, Arne Schiøtz. 2004. Afrixalus brachycnemis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T56056A11418616. . Downloaded on 21 June 2018.
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