Sclerophrys pusilla
family: Bufonidae
Species Description: Revalidation of taxon named by R.Mertens, 1937. Abh. Senckenberg naturf Ges 235:1-23, from ‘Letaba Camp’ in Kruger National Park, South Africa, by Poyntron JC, Loader SP, Conradie W, Roedel M-O, Liedtke HC 2016 Designation and description of a neotype of Sclerophrys maculata (Hallowell, 1854), and reinstatement of S. pusilla (Mertens, 1937)(Amphibia: Anura: Bufonidae). Zootaxa 4098: 73-94.
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: Angola, Central African Republic, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, United Republic of, Uganda, Zambia


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species ranges from southern Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Central African Republic, South Sudan, northern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, and Angola. There is a question of its occurrence in southern Ethiopia (Poynton et al. 2016) and its presence still has to be confirmed but it is presumed to occur in Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, DRC, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi.

Habitat and Ecology

It is an adaptable species of humid savannas, forest edges and degraded forest, extending into drier savannas along rivers. It is also found in agricultural land. It breeds in rivers and streams in savanna areas, and in temporary ponds and ditches, especially in the forest zone.


It is very common in many parts of its range.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Some populations of this species are no doubt affected by environmental degradation, including urban and agricultural development and loss of indigenous forest. However, it is widespread, adaptable and is not considered to be seriously at risk.

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It occurs in many protected areas.

Research Needed
Further research is needed on the species distribution, population and taxonomy.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


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

Taxonomic Notes

This species has been resurrected from synonymy with Sclerophrys maculatus by Poynton et al. (2016).


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Sclerophrys pusilla. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T84520853A84520903.


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