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Afrixalus vibekensis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA ANURA HYPEROLIIDAE

Scientific Name: Afrixalus vibekensis
Species Authority: Schiøtz, 1967
Common Name/s:
English Nimba Banana Frog
Synonym/s:
Afrixalus laevis vibekensi Schiøtz, 1967
Afrixalus vibekae Schiøtz, 1999
Taxonomic Notes: Schiøtz (1999) noted that the name vibekensis is grammatically incorrect, and proposed that it be changed to vibekae. However, according to Frost (AMNH website), this is an unjustified emendation.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor/s: Arne Schiøtz, Mark-Oliver Rödel
Reviewer/s: Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Justification:
Listed as Near Threatened since although this species will probably prove to be relatively widely distributed, it depends on areas forest edge habitat habitat surviving, and so its Area of Occupancy is probably not much greater than 2,000 km2, and the extent and quality of its habitat is declining, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from three general areas: Mount Nimba in western Côte d’Ivoire; Taï National Park and Haute Dodo Classified Forest in south-western Côte d’Ivoire; and Bobiri Forest Reserve in south-western Ghana. It presumably also occurs in Liberia and Guinea, but there have not yet been any records.
Countries:
Native:
Côte d'Ivoire; Ghana
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Population [top]

Population: It is not common, but it is very hard to find and so is perhaps under-recorded.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a species of forest edge habitats, not being found in the forest interior, but nor is it found in heavily degraded habitats outside forest (such as farm bush). It is typically found along forest roads and in tree-fall gaps. It breeds in small temporary ponds and puddles, with the eggs being laid either on leaves above water, or directly in the water.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is probably losing much of its habitat as a result of agricultural encroachment, expanding human settlements, and logging.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is present in Taï National Park and Haute Dodo Classified Forest (Côte d’Ivoire) and in Bobiri Forest Reserve (Ghana).
Citation: Arne Schiøtz, Mark-Oliver Rödel 2004. Afrixalus vibekensis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 21 April 2014.
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