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Xenopus vestitus
family: Pipidae

  hear call (894.1K WAV file)

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Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Rwanda, Uganda

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
See IUCN account.
CITES
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

   

From the IUCN Red List Species Account:

 

Range Description

This species occurs in the mountains bordering the Albertine Rift in southwestern Uganda, western and northern Rwanda and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It ranges as far north as Kibale Forest in Uganda. Records from Tanzania are now considered to be doubtful. It is a high-altitude species, descending as low as 1,200 m asl. Its Extent of Occurrence is probably less than 20,000 km

Habitat and Ecology

It is a water-dependent species of highland swamps and lakes, often occurring in small and large ponds, very rarely in rivers, and occasionally in streams. It is not a forest species, and it is adaptable, living in high-altitude grassland and agricultural areas, where it does not require shade. However, it is not normally in very open water where fish are present. At the lower elevational limit of its range in the Kibale Forest, where it is rare, it is perhaps more of a forest species.

Population

It is common where it occurs.

Population Trend

Unknown

Major Threats

It is an adaptable species that is not significantly threatened, although harvesting for human consumption might have a local impact.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in the Virunga National Park (Democratic Republic of Congo), Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda), Bwindi-Impenetrable National Park (Uganda) and Kibale National Park (Uganda).

Citation

IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Xenopus vestitus. In: IUCN 2013

 

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