Tomopterna elegans
family: Pyxicephalidae
subfamily: Cacosterninae
Species Description: Zimkus BM, Larson JG 2011 Examination of the molecular relationships of sand frogs (Anura: Pyxicephalidae: Tomopterna) and the resurrection of two species from the Horn of Africa. Zootaxa 2933:27-45.
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: Somalia



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is found in northeastern Somalia from the localities of Xiroro, Kalabeir and Buq village in Bari region (Zimkus and Larson 2011). The full extent of its range is unclear, and additional specimens are required to see if distribution extends into southern Somalia (Zimkus and Larson 2011). Its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 38,924 km2.

Habitat and Ecology

This species is found in savannah habitats, and they require at least temporary pools (S. Loader pers. comm., December 2015). Its breeding biology is unknown, but it is presumed that it will breed by aquatic development similar to its congeners.


There is very little population information known about this species, only that it is known from eight specimens (Zimkus and Larson 2011).

Population Trend


Major Threats

This species is threatened by agricultural expansion and habitat destruction.

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species range overlaps with some protected areas in Somalia. 

Research Needed
Research is required to determine the full distribution of this species.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern due to its large extent of occurrence and wide distribution in Somalia, and its presumed large population.

Taxonomic Notes

This species was removed from the synonymy of Tomopterna cryptosis based on molecular and morphology data (Zimkus and Larson 2011).


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Tomopterna elegans. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T21136102A21136105. .Downloaded on 18 February 2019


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