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Odontobatrachus natator
family: Odontobatrachidae

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Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Sierra Leone

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Near Threatened (NT)
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 hilly parts of West Africa in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, and Côte d’Ivoire, from near sea level up to 1,400m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It is found only in forested hilly country, and lives in or near water, breeding in fast-flowing streams. The eggs are laid on land, and the larvae attach themselves by means of suckers to rocks in waterfalls and rapids.

Population

Although it is patchily distributed, it is very abundant where it occurs, for example on the Freetown Peninsula in Sierra Leone.

Population Trend

Decreasing

Major Threats

It is presumably threatened by the loss of forest habitat due to agricultural development, logging and expanding human settlements. In some places it is also adversely affected by mining activities, for example on the Simandou Range, and on Mount Nimba.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in a few protected areas, including Mont Sangbe National Park in Côte d’Ivoire.

Taxonomic Notes

J.L. Amiet (pers. comm.) and Perret (1984) suggest that this species does not belong in the genus Petropedetes.

Citation

Mark-Oliver Rödel 2004. Odontobatrachus natator. In: IUCN 2014

 

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