Arthroleptis xenodactyloides
Dwarf squeaker
family: Arthroleptidae

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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: Mozambique, Tanzania, United Republic of, Zambia, Zimbabwe


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species ranges from the eastern highlands of Zimbabwe, north through Mozambique, Malawi, and eastern Zambia to southwestern and northeastern Tanzania. It is likely to occur in the extreme southern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It occurs from near sea level up to at least 2,100 m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It lives in lowland and montane forests, dense woodland, grasslands and swamps. It appears to be more tolerant of non-forest habitats at higher altitudes. It breeds by direct development, the eggs are laid in leaf litter.


It is a very common species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Some populations, especially those in the lowlands, might be locally impacted be woodland and forest loss, especially for agriculture and wood extraction.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in several protected areas. Taxonomic research is needed to clarify the identities of biological populations associated with this nominal form.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution across East Africa, occurrence in different habitats and presumed large population.

Taxonomic Notes

There is a suggestion that this taxon is likely to represent more than one species based on molecular evidence (David Blackburn and Simon Loader, pers. comm. Nov 2012).


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2015. Arthroleptis xenodactyloides. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T73346893A18365093. .Downloaded on 23 January 2019


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