Afrixalus weidholzi


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Afrixalus weidholzi
Species Authority: (Mertens, 1938)
Common Name(s):
English Weidholz's Banana Frog
Megalixalus weidholzi Mertens, 1938

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2013-07-10
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N.
Contributor(s): Schiøtz, A. & Rödel , M.-O.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Morris, E.J.
Although this species is known mainly from isolated records from a large area, it is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution and its presumed large population.
2009 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known from isolated records from Gambia and southern Mali, east to northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (on the Sudan border) in savannas. There do not appear to be records from Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Chad or Sudan, but it is likely to occur in these countries. The small number of records over much of its range probably reflects the lack of herpetological work in many parts of west and central Africa.
Benin; Cameroon; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Gambia; Ghana; Mali; Nigeria; Senegal; Sierra Leone; South Sudan; Togo
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Population [top]

Population: It is locally very common, though it is patchily distributed.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a species of dense moist, and open dry, savannas. It is probably tolerant, at least to some extent, of habitat alteration. It breeds in temporary ponds, eggs can be found above water.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

There are no reports of this species being utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Overgrazing might impact local populations, but it is unlikely to be significantly threatened.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been reported from Kyabobo National Park in eastern Ghana (Leaché et al. 2006). It probably occurs in several other protected areas.

Bibliography [top]

Amiet, J.-L. 1972. Compte rendu d'une mission batrachologique dans le Nord-Cameroun. Ann. Fac. Sci. Yaounde: 63-78.

Barbault, R. 1972. Les peuplements d'amphibiens des savanes de Lamto (Cote d'Ivoire). Ann. Univ. Abidjan: 59-142.

Inger, R.F. 1968. Amphibia. Expl. Parc Natn. Garamba: 1-190.

IUCN. 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2013.2). Available at: (Accessed: 13 November 2013).

Leaché, A.D., Rödel, M.-O., Linkem, C.W., Díaz, R.E., Hillers, A. and Fujita, M.K. 2006. Biodiversity in a forest island: reptiles and amphibians of the West African Togo Hills. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 4(1): 22-45.

Rödel, M.-O. 2000. Herpetofauna of the West Africa. Volume 1. Amphibians of the West African Savannas. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main.

Rödel, M.-O. 2003. The amphibians of Mont Sangbé National Park, Ivory Coast. Salamandra: 91-110.

Rödel, M.-O. and Ernst, R. 2003. The amphibians of Marahoué and Mont Péko National Parks, Ivory Coast. Herpetozoa: 23-39.

Rödel, M.-O. and Spieler, M. 2000. Trilingual keys to the Savannah-Anurans of the Comoe National Park, Ivory Coast. Stuttgarter Beitrage zur Naturkunde Serie A (Biologie): 1-21.

Schiøtz, A. 1963. The amphibians of Nigeria. Videnskabelige Meddelelser fra Dansk Naturhistorisk Forening: 1-92.

Schiøtz, A. 1967. The treefrogs (Rhacophoridae) of West Africa. Spolia Zoologica Musei Hauniensi 25: 1-346.

Schiøtz, A. 1999. Treefrogs of Africa. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main.

Segniagbeto, G.H., Bowessidjaou, J.E., Dubois, A. & Ohler, A. 2007. Les amphibiens du Togo: état actuel des connaissances. Alytes 24(1-4): 72-90.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Afrixalus weidholzi. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 05 September 2015.
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