Mertensophryne lindneri
family: Bufonidae
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: Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, United Republic of


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species ranges from northeastern Tanzania (in the foothills of the East Usambara Mountains), south through eastern Tanzania to southeastern Malawi. It occurs up to at least 650 m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It is a species of woodland, thicket, dry forest and farmland, often in sandy areas. It has also been found on rocky outcrops. It can tolerate areas of low-intensity cultivation. Its breeding unknown, but it is presumably in water, either in streams or ponds. It is most often found after heavy rain.


It appears to be an uncommon species, but it is difficult to detect, and might be overlooked.

Population Trend


Major Threats

It is probably impacted by the intensification of agriculture and expanding human settlements.

Conservation Actions

It presumably occurs in the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania, but this has not yet been confirmed. It is likely to occur in several other protected areas.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats and its presumed large population.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Mertensophryne lindneri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T54692A18371654. .Downloaded on 19 January 2019


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