Ptychadena mossambica
Mozambique ridged frog
family: Ptychadenidae

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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: Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, United Republic of, Zambia, Zimbabwe



View distribution map using BerkeleyMapper.

From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species ranges from southern Kenya, through Tanzania, to Malawi, Zambia, the Caprivi Strip of Namibia, northern and eastern Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, northern and northeastern South Africa, and Swaziland. It is presumed to occur in southeastern Angola, and this area is included in the species' distribution on the map, however there do not yet appear to be any records from this country. It occurs at 200-1,200 m asl in South Africa, and might occur higher elsewhere.

Habitat and Ecology

It usually lives in dry savannah, bush land, and grassland, but it has also been found in humid savannah and forest. It can survive in altered habitats. It breeds in temporary and semi-permanent water, pans, vleis, dams, and inundated grassland.


It is a relatively abundant species with large breeding assemblages.

Population Trend


Major Threats

It is an adaptable species that is not facing any significant threats, except in localized situations.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in many 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.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Ptychadena mossambica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58511A3069579. .Downloaded on 15 February 2019


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