Afrixalus dorsalis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Afrixalus dorsalis
Species Authority: (Peters, 1875)
Common Name(s):
English Brown Banana Frog, Cameroon Banana Frog, Striped Spiny Reed Frog
Hyperolius dorsalis Peters, 1875

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2013-06-24
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N.
Contributor(s): Schiøtz, A., Amiet, J.-L., Burger, M. & Rödel , M.-O.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Morris, E.J.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of habitat modification and its presumed large population.
2009 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species apparently occurs in three major isolated populations: from eastern Sierra Leone east to western Togo; from western Nigeria to western Democratic Republic of Congo; and in western Angola. Although the presence of the species is uncertain in Togo, it is included in the species distribution on the map. However, it is possible that the Angolan population is in fact contiguous with the one to the north. Records from Uganda and western Kenya refer to Afrixalus osorioi, and records from the Central African Republic presumably refer to another species. The record in Rödel (2000) refers to another species.
Angola (Angola); Cameroon; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Ghana; Guinea; Liberia; Nigeria; Sierra Leone
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common species, and is probably increasing, as forest is lost.
Population Trend: Increasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It lives in grassy vegetation, cultivated land, bush land and degraded forest in the forest belt and in forest outliers and gallery forests in moist savanna. It is very adaptable, but needs some form of cover. It is not found in primary rainforest. The eggs are deposited on folded leaves above still water, and the tadpoles fall into ponds, puddles, ditches, ruts and herbaceous marshes where they develop.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

There are no reports of this species being utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no obvious threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It presumably occurs in many protected areas. It has been reported for Kyabobo National Park (Leaché et al. 2006).

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Afrixalus dorsalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 04 September 2015.
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