Tomopterna kachowskii
family: Pyxicephalidae
subfamily: Cacosterninae
Species Description: Zimkus BM, Larson JG 2011 Examination of the molecular relationships of sand frogs (Anura: Pyxicephalidae: Tomopterna) and the resurrection of two species from the Horn of Africa. Zootaxa 2933:27-45.

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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: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

Confirmed records for this species are in central Ethiopia and western Somalia (Zimkus and Larson 2011). The limits of its range are unknown, so its current map includes all known records and some of the intervening areas. It is likely to occur more widely and is expected to occur in Eritrea, South Sudan and possibly in southern Somalia (Zimkus and Larson 2011), it might possibly also occur in Djibouti. As currently mapped, its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 80,946 km2.

Habitat and Ecology

Species in this genus tend to be found in extremely dry areas providing there are temporary pools available (S. Loader pers. comm., December 2015). Its breeding biology is unknown, but it is presumed that it will breed by aquatic development similar to its co-geners.


There is no population information known about this species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

This species is threatened by agricultural expansion and habitat destruction.

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species range overlaps with some protected areas in Ethiopia, including Awash National Park. 

Conservation Needed

Research Needed
Research is required to determine the full distribution of this species.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern due to its wide distribution and large extent of occurrence.

Taxonomic Notes

This species was removed from synonymy of Tomopterna cryptosis based on molecular and morphological data (Zimkus and Larson, 2011).


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Tomopterna kachowskii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T21135952A21136094. .Downloaded on 11 December 2018


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