Cacosternum poyntoni
family: Pyxicephalidae
subfamily: Cacosterninae
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: South Africa


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

Assuming that this is a valid species, it is known only from the type locality,Town Bush Valley, in Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa.

Habitat and Ecology

There is no information on the habitat and ecology of this species, the only specimen of which was found in a beer bottle at a plant nursery.


It is known only from a single female specimen collected in 1954, and numerous subsequent searches by various herpetologists have failed to find this form again. If it ever existed, it will probably have to be considered extinct.

Population Trend


Major Threats

There is no information on threats to this species.

Conservation Actions

It is not known from any protected areas.

Red List Status

Data Deficient (DD)


Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing doubts as to its taxonomic validity.

Taxonomic Notes

This species is apparently an aberrant melanistic colour form of Cacosternum nanum (Scott in press).


Elizabeth Scott, Leslie Minter 2004. Cacosternum poyntoni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T3442A9866560. .Downloaded on 19 January 2019


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