Xenopus allofraseri
False Fraser's Clawed Frog
Subgenus: Xenopus
family: Pipidae
Species Description: Evans BJ, Carter TF, Greenbaum E, Gvoždík V, Kelley DB, McLaughlin PJ, Pauwels OSG, Portik DM, Stanley EL, Tinsley RC, Tobias ML, Blackburn DC. 2015. Genetics, Morphology, Advertisement Calls, and Historical Records Distinguish Six New Polyploid Species of African Clawed Frog (Xenopus, Pipidae) from West and Central Africa. PLoS One DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0142823

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  hear call (40.9K WAV file)

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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: Cameroon, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Equatorial Guinea



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is found on Bioko Island (Equatorial Guinea), along the Atlantic coastal region of Cameroon and in extreme western DRC, between 30–1,218 m Asl (Evans et al. 2015). It is possible that this species also occurs in mainland Equitorial Guinea, Angola and the Republic of the Congo (Frost 2015), although this requires verification.

Habitat and Ecology

On Bioko Island, this species has been found in both forested and disturbed areas (Evans et al. 2015). Individuals were caught in a stagnant river valley in pools of standing water (B. Evans pers. comm. February 2016). It lives syntopically with Xenopus calcaratus and Xenopus mellotropicalis, and has a trill-type call (Evans et al. 2015). Its breeding is unknown, however it is presumed to be similar to other species in the genus with eggs laid in water and tadpoles developing in slow moving and stagnant water (B. Evans pers. comm. February 2016).


Little is known about the population of this species however, due to ongoing declines in the extent and quality of habitat, the population is suspected to be decreasing.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The main threats to this species is habitat loss and alteration caused by conversion to agricultural land and logging.

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species has been found in Basilé National Park in south Bioko.

Research Needed
Research on the population, distribution and ecology of this species is required.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern due to its wide distribution and presumed large population.

Taxonomic Notes

This species was previously confused with Xenopus fraseri prior to its description (Evans et al. 2015).


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2017. Xenopus allofraseri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T89257106A89674955. .Downloaded on 19 February 2019


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