Cacosternum kinangopensis
Kinangop Dainty Frog
family: Pyxicephalidae
subfamily: Cacosterninae
Species Description: Channing, A. and Schmitz, A. (2009) Hiding in plain sight: another cryptic dainty frog from the highlands of Kenya (Anura: Pyxicephalidae: Cacosternum). African Journal of Herpetology, 2008 57(2): 75-84.
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: Kenya



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known from North Kinangop Plateau, Kenya, at 2,434 m asl. It has so far been found only near Murungaru village; however, it is a cryptic species, thus it may occur more widely e.g., the higher Aberdare Mountains (Channing and Schmitz 2008).

Habitat and Ecology

This species occurs in grassland or montane grassland (A. Channing pers. comm. March 2010). It can be found in shallow water in temporary pools and at the base of emergent vegetation (Channing and Schmitz 2008). It is thought to breed in water.


No population status information is currently available for this species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

There appears to be no obvious threat to this species; the type specimen was found in a disused quarry (A. Channing pers. comm. March 2010).

Conservation Actions

No conservation actions are currently known for this species. More information is needed on this species' distribution, population status and natural history.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern because, even though it is currently known from the North Kinangop Plateau, is it thought to occur more widely, and because there are presently no major threats known to its population.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Cacosternum kinangopensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T176286A18404245. .Downloaded on 23 February 2019


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