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Phrynobatrachus danko
The Danko Puddle Frog
family: Phrynobatrachidae

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Nigeria

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status
CITES
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

   

From the Encyclopedia of Life account:

Etymology

This species is named for the type locality, the Kurmin Danko Forest Reserve.


Author: Zimkus, Breda
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Distribution

This species is currently known only from the Kurmin Danko Forest Reserve on the western edge of the Mambilla Plateau in Nigeria.


Author: Zimkus, Breda
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Size

This is a medium sized species with male snout-vent lengths measuring 19.6-21.8 mm (Blackburn, 2010).


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Diagnostic Description

This species is similar to many others in the genus with a pale to medium brown dorsum and chevron-shaped glands behind the eyes. Venter is coloration ranges from orangey to pale yellow with flecks or small spots of dark grey, and the ventral surface of the limbs is pinkish. Females exhibit a similar throat color as the ventral surface. Males exhibit a dark throat with small white or grey spines.


Author: Zimkus, Breda
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Comparisons

Blackburn (2010) outlines the ways that this species differs from other puddle frogs in Cameroon and Nigeria.


Author: Zimkus, Breda
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Associations

This species tested negative for the presence of the chytrid fungus Batracochytrium dendrobatidis (Blackburn, 2010).


Author: Zimkus, Breda
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Phylogenetics

P. danko forms a clade with P. werneri and P. manengoubensis (Blackburn, 2010). These three species are part of a much larger clade identified by Zimkus (2009) that is restricted to the mountains of the Cameroon Volcanic Line and the associated lowlands.


Author: Zimkus, Breda
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IUCN Red List Category and Justification of Conservation Status

This species is currently not assessed, but according to Blackburn (2010), it should be considered Data Deficient.


Author: Zimkus, Breda
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Threats

It is likely that this species is threatened by anthropogenic modification of its forest habitat (Blackburn, 2010).


Author: Zimkus, Breda
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