Amietia chapini
Chapin's River Frog
family: Pyxicephalidae
subfamily: Cacosterninae
Species Description: Noble GK 1924 Contributions to the herpetology of the Belgian Congo based on the collection of the American Museum Congo Expedition 49: 147-347.
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

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


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species occurs in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo from the Sud-Kivu, Tanganyika, Haut-Katanga, and Lualaba provinces between 600–1,500 m Asl. Lubile Forest, the type locality of Amietia amieti (now synonymized under A. chapini) in Sud-Kivu province, is about 500 km south of Batama, nearly midway between Batama and the Kisanfu River site, and needs to be verified. The limits of the species' range are not known, but it is likely to occur between mapped regions and the extent of occurrence (EOO) of its current known range is 122,728 km2.

Habitat and Ecology

This is a species of montane and sub-montane forest, breeding in well-vegetated, quiet pools and streams.


The species is known from specimens at five sites, but little is known about its population size and trend.

Population Trend


Major Threats

There is ongoing decline in the quality and extent of the species habitat due to the effects of expanding human settlements, wood collection and logging, the expansion of agriculture including livestock encroachment, and there is artisanal mining taking place in some of the intervening areas where the species is suspected to occur.

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
The species has been recorded from the southeastern area of Kundelungu National Park in Haut-Katanga province and may occur in adjacent protected areas.

Research Needed
Further surveys are required for a better understanding of its population size, distribution and trends.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution and presumed large population.

Taxonomic Notes

This species was resurrected from synonymy with Amietia angolensis by Channing et al. (2016) and now also includes the name Amietia amieti.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2017. Amietia chapini. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T113256871A113257063. .Downloaded on 15 November 2018


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