Amietia angolensis
Angola River Frog
family: Pyxicephalidae
subfamily: Cacosterninae

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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


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species occurs from sea level to 2,100 m Asl across Angola. Subpopulations from Lesotho, Zimbabwe and South Africa previously thought to belong to this species have been assigned to Amietia delelandii and have been removed from this concept.

Habitat and Ecology

The species occurs in small permanent streams—some of which are fast-flowing in forest environments—and ponds; at Ndalatando specimens were encountered in lowland sites in a botanical garden and more savanna-like habitats (Channing et al. 2016). It breeds by larval development and tadpoles can be found in both deep and shallow water (Channing et al. 2016).


It is very common in many sites throughout its range. Due to ongoing localised declines in the extent and quality of habitat, some subpopulations are suspected to be decreasing.

Population Trend


Major Threats

It is a widespread and adaptable species that is facing only localised threats due to ongoing urbanisation and the expansion of human habitation and agriculture, which in turn affects the quality and extent of aquatic habitats.

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
Its range overlaps with several protected areas.

Research Needed

Further research is required to better understand the distribution, population status and threats to this species.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


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

Taxonomic Notes

Amietia quecketti and Amietia poyntoni were removed from the broader concept of this species by Channing and Baptista (2013). An extended study of the genus by Channing et al. (2016) removed A. chapini, A. delalandii, and A. nutti from synonymy with A. angolensis, confirming that this new species concept is restricted to Angola.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2017. Amietia angolensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T45331440A3067855. .Downloaded on 23 January 2019


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