Cardioglossa inornata
family: Arthroleptidae
Species Description: Hirschfeld, M., D.C. Blackburn, M. Burger, E. Greenbaum, A.-G. Zassi-Boulou, and M.-O. Rödel. 2015. Two new species of long-fingered frogs of the genus Cardioglossa (Anura: Arthroleptidae) from Central African rainforests. African Journal of Herpetology 64: 81–102.
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Congo, the Democratic Republic of the


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is restricted to the Kabobo Plateau (Greenbaum and Kusamba 2012) from the Upper Lubitshako river, South Kivu Province in Democratic Republic of the Congo, between 1,900–2,000 m Asl (Hirschfeld et al. 2015). Its EOO is 10 km2.

Habitat and Ecology

This is a forest species. Although there is limited ecological information, it is expected to breed in streams by larval development, as with other congeners.


This species is known from three individuals (one female and two males), however the holotype and one of the paratypes have been lost (Hirschfeld et al. 2015). It has not been collected in 60 years (E. Greenbaum pers. comm. February 2017). A survey was conducted in 2009 by a team of four people consisting of 12 hours searching per person that failed to record the species (E. Greenbaum pers. comm. February 2017). However the survey was only conducted over a period of 48 hours, due to security reasons, the area was found to be unusually dry and very few amphibians of any genus were found, and the search areas were not focused on leaf litter which Cardioglossa species favour (E. Greenbaum pers. comm. February 2017). Night surveys were also carried out in 2012 over a period of three weeks in Kabobo, but they also failed to record the species (A. Plumptre pers. comm. February 2017). These frogs are difficult to find, and while this species has not been recorded in decades, it may be because they are being missed in surveys and not due to a disappearance (E. Greenbaum pers. comm. February 2017).

Population Trend


Major Threats

The Kabobo Plateau is completely unprotected and is threatened from gold mining, although the southern extent of the plateau has not been significantly affected by deforestation (Greenbaum and Kusamba 2012).

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species does not occur in any protected area. However, from 2009, plans have been underway to establish Kabobo as a protected area known as Ngamikka National Park or Misotshi-Kabongo forest with a surrounding buffer zone (Greenbaum and Kusamba 2012). Mineral concessions were granted to several mining companies within some areas of the proposed national park and these need to be annulled before the plan can move forward (Plumptre et al. 2010). 

Conservation Needed
Habitat protection is imperative for this species. 

Research Needed
Further surveys are required to determine whether this species still exists in the wild.

Red List Status

Data Deficient (DD)


Listed as Data Deficient in view of the absence of recent information on its extent of occurrence (EOO), population status and ecological requirements, as no one has since it in 60 years in order to be able to study it.

Taxonomic Notes

This is a split from the broader concept of Cardioglossa nigromaculata (elevated from subspecies level) (Hirschfeld et al. 2015).


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2017. Cardioglossa inornata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T89186727A95898171. .Downloaded on 16 December 2018


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