Vandijkophrynus gariepensis
Karoo Toad
family: Bufonidae

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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: Lesotho, Zimbabwe



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is widespread in South Africa, extreme southwestern Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland. It ranges from sea level up to 3,400 m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It lives in many habitats, including fynbos heathland, succulent karoo, thicket, grassland, and Nama karoo. It breeds in many different types of permanent and temporary waterbodies, including streams, waterholes, lakes, rain pools, and even hoof prints. It is tolerant of low temperatures.


It is an abundant species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

It is an adaptable species that is unlikely to be threatened.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in many protected areas.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


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

Taxonomic Notes

Some isolated populations in the north of its range could be separate taxa.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Vandijkophrynus gariepensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T54648A3017254. .Downloaded on 16 February 2019


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