Ptychadena taenioscelis
Small ridged frog
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: Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Congo, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, United Republic of, Zambia


View distribution map using BerkeleyMapper.


From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species ranges from Gabon, southern Congo, Angola, the Caprivi Strip of Namibia and northern Botswana east through Zambia, southern Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Malawi, northern Mozambique, Tanzania and southeastern Kenya. Records from Gabon and southern Congo have been assigned here to this species, but they could belong to Ptychadena pumilio. The boundary between this species and P. pumilio is uncertain (especially in Uganda, from where neither species has been recorded, but both probably occur). Uganda is included in the species' distribution on the map however. There is an apparently isolated population in eastern KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), possibly also occurring in southern Mozambique.

Habitat and Ecology

It is a species of grasslands and savanna woodlands, including in miombo woodlands. It can survive in altered habitats. The eggs are laid in shallow water, including flooded grassland, temporary pools and seepages.


It is a common species that can have dense breeding aggregations. However, the isolated South African population is uncommon and sparsely distributed.

Population Trend


Major Threats

It is an adaptable species that is not facing any significant threats, except in localized situations. However, the South African population is losing habitat to commercial agriculture and plantations.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in many protected areas.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


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

Taxonomic Notes

We treat this as a species distinct from Ptychadena pumilio, following Poynton and Broadley (1985).


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Ptychadena taenioscelis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58529A3070188. .Downloaded on 16 January 2019


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