Cacosternum nanogularum
Small-throated Dainty Frog
family: Pyxicephalidae
subfamily: Cacosterninae
Species Description: Channing A., Schmitz A., Burger M., and Kielgast J. 2013. A molecular phylogeny of African Dainty Frogs, with the description of four new species (Anura: Pyxicephalidae: Cacosternum). Zootaxa 3701: 518-550.
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: South Africa


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is currently known from Nkandla, the Lebombo Mountains, Qudeni and Dukuduku, in central-eastern Kwazulu-Natal Province, South Africa (Channing et al. 2013) and it is expected to be distributed more widely.

Habitat and Ecology

Specimens were found in flooded temporary pools with emergent vegetation (Channing et al. 2013). It presumably requires water for breeding by larval development, like other members of its genus.


This species is known from a few specimens, therefore information on its population status is lacking but it is expected to be quite common.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Its temporary breeding pools are threatened by draining due to agriculture.

Conservation Actions

Conservation actions
It is not known to occur in any protected area and no conservation actions are currently in place for this species.

Research needed
Studies on its population size, distribution and trends, life history and ecology, and threats are needed.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern because, although its extent of occurrence is not very big, this species is considered to be common and widespread and threats are not considered to be too severe. However, due to its recent description, information on its population status, life history, ecological requirements and threats need to be searched for.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group, South African Frog Re-assessment Group (SA-FRoG) 2017. Cacosternum nanogularum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T76317557A76317876. .Downloaded on 13 December 2018


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