Xenopus fischbergi
Fischberg'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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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: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, South Sudan, Togo, Uganda



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is widely distributed in western Africa, occurring in Guelta d'Archei in northeastern Chad to at least Bui National Park in western Ghana, east to northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo and western Uganda (Evans et al. 2015). It has also been confirmed in Côte d’Ivoire, Benin and Burkina Faso, and is very likely to be widely spread in grassland and savannah habitat across western Africa (R. Tinsley pers. comm. November 2016). The limit of the eastern border of its range is undetermined until further specimens can be examined (R. Tinsley pers. comm. November 2016). Its elevational range is 120–550 m Asl (Evans et al. 2015).

Habitat and Ecology

This species occurs in range of savannah habitat, from dry savannah of Guinea to savannah type habitat in South Sudan. It can also occur in very polluted and degraded habitats, and is likely to hibernate in holes and cracks (R. Tinsley pers. comm. November 2016). Although there is limited ecological information, it is expected to breed in in temporary stagnant waters by larval development, as with other congeners (R. Tinsley pers. comm. November 2016). It has a click-type call (Evans et al. 2015).


The population is thought to be abundant and stable.

Population Trend


Major Threats

There are unlikely to be any major threats to this species given its persistence in disturbed and degraded habitats. It is likely to be used for subsistence in Nigeria (R. Tinsley pers. comm. November 2016).

Conservation Actions

This species is found in Bui National Park (Ghana).

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution, presumed large population and adaptability to a wide range of habitats types and qualities.

Taxonomic Notes

This is a split from the broader concept of H. muelleri (Evans et al. 2015).


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2017. Xenopus fischbergi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T89257028A97016843. .Downloaded on 19 February 2019


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