Ptychadena anchietae
Anchieta's ridged frog
family: Ptychadenidae

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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: Angola, Botswana, Congo, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, United Republic of, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species ranges from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia, south through East Africa to South Africa and Botswana, and west to Angola and southern Congo. It occurs up to 1,800 m asl in Ethiopia. There do not appear to be confirmed records from Burundi, though it is likely to occur here it is included in the species' distribution on the map.

Habitat and Ecology

It is a species of open country in woodland, savannah, grassland, and agricultural and suburban areas, but also found in forest clearings. It is usually (but not always) found in close proximity to permanent water. It breeds in shallow temporary ponds.


It is abundant in many parts of its range.

Population Trend


Major Threats

It is an adaptable species that is only likely to be facing localized threats. Chytrid fungus was detected in this species in Kenya.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in many protected areas.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


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


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Ptychadena anchietae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T58490A87737574. .Downloaded on 18 February 2019


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