Mertensophryne taitana
Taita Toad
family: Bufonidae
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: Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, United Republic of, Zambia



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species ranges from southeastern Kenya, through Tanzania, southward to southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, northern Zambia, Malawi and adjacent Mozambique. It has a wide elevational range.

Habitat and Ecology

It lives in sandy habitats in woodland, grassland, open savannah and agricultural fields. It appears to be an opportunistic breeder, breeding in small temporary pools and apparently also in streams. The larvae develop very rapidly, metatmorphosing in just 13 days.


It is a hard species to find, but it apparently is reasonably common, at least in some places.

Population Trend


Major Threats

It is an adaptable species, and is unlikely to be facing any significant threats.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in many protected areas.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


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


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Mertensophryne taitana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T54775A18367733. .Downloaded on 20 February 2019


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