Strongylopus merumontanus
family: Pyxicephalidae
subfamily: Cacosterninae
Species Description: Poynton JC 2004 Af. J. Herpt. 53:29-34
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: Tanzania, United Republic of



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known only from the high elevations of Mount Meru in northern Tanzania at ca 1,000-3,000 m asl. It is expected to be endemic to Mount Meru (J. Poynton and C. Msuya pers. comm. June 2012).

Habitat and Ecology

It is associated with streams both in upper montane forest and in afro-alpine heath land; however, juveniles have been observed in the forest far from streams (C. Msuya pers. comm. June 2012). Breeding takes place in streams at the beginning of the year, with juveniles present by April.


It is considered to be a locally abundant species (C. Msuya and J. Poynton pers. comm. June 2012).

Population Trend


Major Threats

There is no evidence of threats to this species (J. Poynton and C. Msuya pers. comm. June 2012). There is agricultural cultivation at lower elevations, but there is no indication of encroachment into the park where it occurs (C. Msuya pers. comm. November 2012).

Conservation Actions

Its entire known range is within Arusha National Park, which is a well-managed protected area (C. Msuya pers. comm. June 2012). However, additional research into the limits of its distribution is needed.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern given that, even though it is known from a single site and thus has a restricted range, there is no evidence of any major threat to this species.

Taxonomic Notes

Channing and Davenport (2002) synonymized Strongylopus fuelleborni with this species. However, Poynton (2004) considers S. merumontanus a separate species known only from higher elevations on Mount Meru in northern Tanzania.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Strongylopus merumontanus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58770A17181751. .Downloaded on 23 February 2019


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