Tomopterna luganga
family: Pyxicephalidae
subfamily: Cacosterninae
Species Description: Channing, A., D. C. Moyer, and A. Dawood. 2004. A new sand frog from central Tanzania (Anura: Ranidae: Tomopterna). African Journal of Herpetology 53: 21–28.

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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: Tanzania, United Republic of


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

The species is widespread in central Tanzania from the Usangu Valley and the Udzungwa Plateau (where it occurs up to 1,500 m), north to Dodoma, the central plateau of Tanzania and the Serengeti, and west to the Ruaha Valley, and from Kigwembimbi and Kibebe. The northern, eastern and western limits are not well known at present. It might occur in the vicinity of the Rukwa Valley, Lukwati-Muipa, Mlele Hills, Ugalla and Moyowosi Game Reserves and in the Katavi National Park areas, but there are no records yet. Very little collection or sound recording of frogs has taken place in Tanzania, so this species might eventually be found to be even more widespread. The habitat of the central highlands where it is found extends into Kenya, so this species might also occur there.

Habitat and Ecology

It is widespread in moist and drier savanna habitats. Males have been found calling along pool edges and from shallow running streams in a sand river. The species is presumed to be a larval developer.


It is a common and widespread species

Population Trend


Major Threats

There have been a few exported from Tanzania for the pet trade but the numbers are too small to be of any impact on the species as a whole. It is unlikely to be significantly threatened.

Conservation Actions

The species is known from Usangu Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park, Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ikorongo Game Reserve and Grumeti Game Reserve.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern since it has an extent of occurrence much greater than 20,000 km2, is known from a number of locations, and is not believed to be undergoing any significant declines.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Tomopterna luganga. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T61877A18405483. .Downloaded on 23 January 2019


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