Afrixalus quadrivittatus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Hyperoliidae

Scientific Name: Afrixalus quadrivittatus
Species Authority: (Werner, 1907)
Taxonomic Notes: We follow Rödel (2000) and Pickersgill (in prep.) in considering Afrixalus quadrivittatus to be specifically distinct from Afrixalus vittiger. A. quadrivittus is part of a complex that includes A. upembae and A. vittiger.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2013-07-11
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N.
Contributor(s): Schiøtz, A., Amiet, J.-L., Largen, M.J., Burger, M., Pickersgill, M. & Lötters, S.
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:
2004 Least Concern (LC)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species ranges from southeastern Nigeria to western Ethiopia, through Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic and South Sudan. Then south to southern Tanzania and southern and western Democratic Republic of Congo, including: Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. It is presumed to occur in the Cabinda Enclave of Angola, and this is included in the species' distribution on the map, however there are no records from this area yet. It probably also occurs in northern Angola, Zambia and Malawi.
Countries occurrence:
Burundi; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Equatorial Guinea; Ethiopia; Gabon; Kenya; Nigeria; Rwanda; South Sudan; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda
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Population [top]

Population:It is generally an abundant species.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It occurs widely in moist and dry savannah, and degraded former forest. The eggs are deposited on folded leaves above water, and the tadpoles fall into ponds 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): It is an adaptable species that is facing no obvious threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in many protected areas.

Classifications [top]

2. Savanna -> 2.1. Savanna - Dry
suitability: Suitable  
2. Savanna -> 2.2. Savanna - Moist
suitability: Suitable  
3. Shrubland -> 3.5. Shrubland - Subtropical/Tropical Dry
suitability: Suitable  
3. Shrubland -> 3.6. Shrubland - Subtropical/Tropical Moist
suitability: Suitable  
5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.4. Wetlands (inland) - Bogs, Marshes, Swamps, Fens, Peatlands
suitability: Suitable  
5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.7. Wetlands (inland) - Permanent Freshwater Marshes/Pools (under 8ha)
suitability: Suitable  
5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.8. Wetlands (inland) - Seasonal/Intermittent Freshwater Marshes/Pools (under 8ha)
suitability: Suitable  
14. Artificial/Terrestrial -> 14.4. Artificial/Terrestrial - Rural Gardens
suitability: Suitable  
14. Artificial/Terrestrial -> 14.6. Artificial/Terrestrial - Subtropical/Tropical Heavily Degraded Former Forest
suitability: Suitable  
15. Artificial/Aquatic & Marine -> 15.2. Artificial/Aquatic - Ponds (below 8ha)
suitability: Suitable  
15. Artificial/Aquatic & Marine -> 15.9. Artificial/Aquatic - Canals and Drainage Channels, Ditches
suitability: Suitable  

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

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Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2013. Afrixalus quadrivittatus. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T56075A18370318. . Downloaded on 29 November 2015.
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