Ptychadena aequiplicata
family: Ptychadenidae

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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: Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Cote d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Togo


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species ranges from Guinea and Liberia east to the Central African Republic, and south to extreme western Democratic Republic of the Congo. Its eastern distributional limits in Central African Republic, Congo and Democratic Republic of the Congo are not known. It is present on the island of Bioko (Equatorial Guinea). The apparent distribution gaps between Benin and Nigeria are possibly real. It is presumed to occur in the Cabinda Enclave of Angola, although there appear to be no confirmed records from this country.

Habitat and Ecology

It lives in lowland moist forest. It generally requires a forest canopy, but it can tolerate some disturbance of its habitat, although there are some records from heavily degraded former forest (farm bush). It breeds in temporary small pools and marshy depressions in stream valleys, and starts breeding the moment the pools start filling up with water. In West Africa, it spawns terrestrially, before the rains fill up the pools.


It is a common species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Despite being somewhat adaptable, it is presumably adversely affected by the loss of forest habitat for agriculture, logging and human settlements.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in a number of protected areas.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Taxonomic Notes

This species is a complex of several species (M.-O. Rödel pers. comm.).


Rödel, M.-O., Amiet, J.-L., Burger, M. & Largen, M. 2004. Ptychadena aequiplicata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58489A136582546. .Downloaded on 23 January 2019


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