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Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Angola, Congo, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Namibia, Tanzania, United Republic of, Zambia
IUCN (Red List) status: Least Concern (LC).
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Xenopus petersii?
This species ranges from southern Gabon, Congo, Angola and extreme northern Namibia, east to southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, extreme western Zimbabwe and northern Botswana. Records from Tanzania require confirmation.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a water-dependent species occurring in a very wide range of habitats, including heavily modified anthropogenic habitats. It lives in all sorts of waterbodies, including streams, but tends to avoid large rivers, and waterbodies with predatory fish. It reaches its highest densities in eutrophic water. It breeds in water; there are no records of it breeding in flowing water. It has very high reproductive potential. It is a highly opportunistic species, and colonizes newly recreated, apparently isolated, waterbodies with ease. It can migrate in large numbers when breeding ponds start to dry up, and the weather is wet.
It is an extremely abundant species.
It is very successful and adaptable, and is invasive in many areas.
It occurs in several protected areas.
This species is part of a complex of poorly understood species closely related to Xenopus laevis.
Richard Tinsley, John Measey, Marius Burger, Thierry Fretey 2004. Xenopus petersii. In: IUCN 2012