Hemisus wittei
family: Hemisotidae
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, Zambia


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known only from Upemba National Park and Lake Mweru in southern Democratic Republic of Congo, and from Lake Meru Wantipa in north-eastern Zambia. Its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 43,112 km2.

Habitat and Ecology

It is presumably a species of savanna woodlands. Assuming that its biology is similar to that of other members of its genus, the eggs are laid in subterranean nests in which the larvae hatch, and from where they subsequently move into permanent and temporary water bodies to develop.


The population status of this species is unknown. There do not appear to have been any recent records, presumably due to lack of herpetological fieldwork within its range.

Population Trend


Major Threats

There is no direct information available on threats to this species. Much of its known range is inside protected areas, though the level of protection is weak.

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species occurs in Upemba National Park (Democratic Republic of Congo) and Mweru Wantipa National Park (Zambia). 

Conservation Needed
The level of protection in these protected areas is weak and could do with improvement. 

Research Needed
More research is needed into this species' distribution, population status, ecology and threats.

Red List Status

Data Deficient (DD)


Listed as Data Deficient in view of the absence of recent information on its population status, habitats, ecological requirements and threats.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Hemisus wittei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T55285A77160649. .Downloaded on 21 January 2019


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