Afrixalus fornasini 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Hyperoliidae

Scientific Name: Afrixalus fornasini (Bianconi, 1849)
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2013. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 5.6 (9 January 2013). Electronic Database. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA. Available at:
Taxonomic Notes: Pickersgill (1996, 2007) recognized Afrixalus unicolor (Boettger, 1913) as a distinct species; thus Afrixalus fornasinii from South Africa to southern Tanzania (including the area around Lake Malawi) and A. unicolor from southern Tanzania (including Zanzibar and Pemba Islands) to Kenya. However, here we follow Schiøtz (1999) in considering these to constitute a single species.

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., Minter, L. & Pickersgill, M.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Morris, E.J.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats and its presumed large population.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species ranges from coastal Kenya southward through eastern and southern Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and eastern Zimbabwe to coastal KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Though its presence is uncertain in Swaziland, this area is still mapped on the species distribution. It is a lowland species generally occurring below 300 m, though it has been recorded up to 1,300 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; South Africa; Tanzania, United Republic of; Zimbabwe
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):1300
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Population [top]

Population:It is an abundant species in suitable sites, breeding in small congregations.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is a species of moist savannah, bush land, grassland, and dry forest, with a possible preference for dense savannah. It breeds in permanent and semi-permanent pools, dams, vleis and marshes with reeds and sedges, tending to favour permanent waterbodies. The eggs are laid on emergent vegetation, particularly on leaf blades of Cyperus sedges.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: It is sometimes found in the international pet trade.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): In the south of its range it is threatened by sugar cane farming, urbanization, drainage of breeding sites, afforestation with pines, and the spread of eucalyptus (drying up breeding sites). Chemical spraying to control mosquitoes might impact some populations. However, overall it is not threatened. It is sometimes found in the international pet trade but at levels that do not currently constitute a major threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in many protected areas.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2013. Afrixalus fornasini. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T56063A3034378. . Downloaded on 23 April 2018.
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