Tomopterna marmorata
Marbled sand frog
family: Pyxicephalidae
subfamily: Cacosterninae

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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: Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known from northern South Africa, eastern Botswana, Zimbabwe, southern Zambia, southern and western Mozambique and southern Malawi. It might occur in Swaziland. It is also known from a few localities in Kenya, which suggests that it is also present in Tanzania. A record from Namibia was a misidentification. It occurs mainly below 1,000 m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It is a savannah species, associated with sandy soils. It also survives on disturbed areas. It breeds in still regions of rivers or streams, isolated pools, pans and dams, generally favouring temporary waterbodies.


It is less common than some other Tomopterna species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

It is an adaptable species that is not facing any significant threats, except in localized situations.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in several protected areas.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


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


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Tomopterna marmorata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58778A3074094. .Downloaded on 18 February 2019


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