Phrynobatrachus natalensis
Natal puddle frog
family: Phrynobatrachidae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species ranges very widely in the savannah zone of Africa, from Senegal and Gambia, east to Ethiopia and Eritrea, south to Angola, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa and Lesotho. It occurs on the island of Zanzibar (Tanzania). There appear to be no records from Burkina Faso and Chad, though it presumably occurs in these countries. It occurs up to 2,200 m asl in Ethiopia.

Habitat and Ecology

It is typically associated with herbaceous vegetation along the margins of shallow marshes, lakes, rivers, streams and pools, both permanent and temporary. It is found in semi-desert scrub, arid and humid savannah, agricultural land, and even at clearings deep within forest. It breeds in temporary ponds and puddles associated with pans, streams or vleis.


It is a widespread and often abundant species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

It is an adaptable species that is facing only local threats.

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.

Taxonomic Notes

This form almost certainly consists of a number of cryptic species (Rödel 2000).


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Phrynobatrachus natalensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58128A3065864. .Downloaded on 15 February 2019


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