Phrynobatrachus perpalmatus
family: Phrynobatrachidae

© 2008 Martin Pickersgill (1 of 1)
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, Malawi, Mozambique, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, United Republic of, Zambia


View distribution map using BerkeleyMapper.


From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species ranges from the Nile Valley of central and southern Sudan, south through South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi to Zambia, Malawi, and northern Mozambique. A record from Ujiji in western Tanzania suggests that the species is more widespread in that country. Although there are no records for Zimbabwe, it is included in the species' distribution on the map. Records from Cameroon refer to Phrynobatrachus steindachneri.

Habitat and Ecology

It lives in humid savannah, grassland, and rainforest and degraded former forest (farm bush) at medium altitudes in permanently wet sites. It is believed to be able to survive in agricultural land in wet areas. It is particularly associated with flooded grassland, interspersed with reeds, where it presumably breeds.


Although it is patchy in its distribution, at suitable locations populations tend to be large, and it can be locally very abundant.

Population Trend


Major Threats

It is probably an adaptable species that is only facing localized threats.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in a number of protected areas.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


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

Taxonomic Notes

It is likely that the northern and southern populations belong to separate species.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Phrynobatrachus perpalmatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58133A18395206. .Downloaded on 21 January 2019


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