Poyntonophrynus lughensis
family: Bufonidae

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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: Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species occurs in arid lowlands from Somalia, through eastern and southern Ethiopia, extreme southeastern South Sudan, to northern and eastern Kenya as far south as the Ngulia Hills in Tsavo West National Park. There is an apparently isolated population in the Awash Valley in central Ethiopia. It is likely to occur in northeastern Uganda.

Habitat and Ecology

It lives in very dry savannah where it apparently breeds in temporarily flooded hollows, including roadside ditches, immediately after the beginning of the rains.


It is apparently common at suitable sites, at least in southern Ethiopia.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The main threat is environmental degradation resulting from human expansion and settlement, with consequently increased populations of domestic livestock.

Conservation Actions

In Ethiopia, it is known from the outskirts of the Awash National Park, and is almost certainly present in the Omo and Mago National Parks. It occurs in the Tsavo West National Park in Kenya, and is probably present in several others. It does not occur in any protected areas in Somalia, and is unlikely to occur in any protected areas in South Sudan.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


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


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Poyntonophrynus lughensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T54696A18372536. .Downloaded on 23 February 2019


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