Hemisus microscaphus
family: Hemisotidae
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: Ethiopia


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is endemic to the highlands of southwestern and western Ethiopia at 1,500-2,700 m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It is typically found in montane grassland, but penetrates at least marginally into tropical deciduous forest and into somewhat arid savannah. It is usually found in marshy situations, and in the vicinity of streams. It is a fossorial species, generally living underground except when breeding. The eggs are presumably laid in subterranean nests in which the tadpoles hatch, and from where they subsequently move into water to develop. Larval development has been confirmed in a small, semi-permanent pool, and has been suspected in a small river.


It seems to be relatively common in a number of different habitats.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The main threat is environmental degradation as a result of human settlement and expansion.

Conservation Actions

It is not known from any protected areas.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution and presumed large population.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Hemisus microscaphus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T55282A18361298. .Downloaded on 23 January 2019


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