Arthroleptis wahlbergii
Bush squeaker
family: Arthroleptidae

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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: South Africa



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species occurs along the eastern coastal areas of South Africa, from just south of Port St Johns north to the Mozambique border. It ranges inland up to 1,000 m asl. It has not been recorded from Mozambique, but it might occur there.

Habitat and Ecology

It lives and breeds in leaf litter in coastal forest and thicket, and adjacent grasslands. Its calling is stimulated by rain and it is commonly heard during daylight hours in wet weather. It is very adaptable, and lives in gardens, parks, and alien tree plantations. Breeding is by direct development.


It is a very abundant species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

It is adversely affected by coastal development, in particular expansion of sugar cane cultivation and urban expansion.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in several protected areas.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution in eastern South Africa, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, and presumed large population.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Arthroleptis wahlbergii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T54393A3015050. .Downloaded on 23 February 2019


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