Xenopus parafraseri
Upland 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

© 2016 Daniel Portik (1 of 11)

  hear call (237.1K 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, Gabon



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is found in the central region in southern Cameroon, central and eastern Gabon and northwestern Republic of the Congo, between 420–715 m Asl (Evans et al. 2015).

Habitat and Ecology

This species was found in pools in forest and agricultural plots, and swampy areas in pristine primary forest (Evans et al. 2015). Individuals were caught in very disturbed agricultural areas near Yaounde in Cameroon, indicating that it may be able to tolerate some habitat disturbance (B. Evans pers. comm. February 2016). It occurs in syntopy with 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 declines in the extent and quality of habitat, the population is suspected to be decreasing.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Habitat loss and alteration caused by conversion to agricultural land and logging are the main threats within this species range. However it is not known how tolerant this species is to these threats.

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species is found in several protected areas in Cameroon and Gabon.

Research Needed
Research on population, distribution, ecology and their susceptibility to habitat loss is required for this species.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern due to its wide distribution, presumed large population and its possible tolerance to habitat disturbance.

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 parafraseri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T89257274A89677200. .Downloaded on 19 February 2019


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