Cacosternum striatum
family: Pyxicephalidae
subfamily: Cacosterninae
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: Lesotho, South Africa



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species occurs in South Africa and Lesotho, where it has been recorded from the midlands of KwaZulu-Natal Province (South Africa) and coastal regions (0 m asl) from Durban north to Charter's Creek. It is also known from the southern Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa, up to at least 1,800 m asl, perhaps higher. Its distribution is large (Extent of Occurrence is 25,650 km2), and Area of Occupancy (estimated at 2% of EOO: 513 km2) is incompletely known at present.

Habitat and Ecology

It is generally associated with grassland areas, and breeding takes place in dense grass tussocks in inundated wetlands, marshy areas, or adjacent to slow-flowing side waters of highland streams. It is found in both low- and high-altitude habitats.


It appears to be relatively abundant in places where it is found.

Population Trend


Major Threats

There are no major threats known to the species at this time. Potential future threats are small scale farming and pollution associated with fertilizer and pesticides.

Conservation Actions

No conservation actions are prioritized for this species. It is known from Sehlabathebe National Park in Lesotho, and Greater Saint Lucia Wetland Park and Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve in South Africa.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern as this is a wide ranging common species. Threats are localized and therefore negligible to the species as a whole.

Taxonomic Notes

This species was resurrected from the synonymy of Cacosternum boettgeri by Lambiris (1988), where it had been placed by Poynton (1964).


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Cacosternum striatum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58073A18404587. .Downloaded on 19 February 2019


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