Amietia wittei
De Witte's 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: Kenya, Tanzania, United Republic of


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species was previously only known from the central highlands of Kenya on the Mau Escarpment, the Aberdare Mountains, Mount Kenya and the Cherangani Hills, between 2,000 and 3,300 m Asl. It is now known from both sides of the Eastern Branch of the Rift Valley as it has been recorded from Mount Elgon in Uganda and Kenya; records from Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania are also confirmed between 1,100–1,900 m Asl (Channing et al. 2016). Records from Ethiopia have been shown to be wrongly assigned (Largen 2001). The identity of an individual from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo might refer to other members of this genus, is not therefore recognized as a valid record and excluded from this assessment.

Habitat and Ecology

It is presumably associated with streams in montane grassland, but it has also been found in low-intensive agriculture. As with other congeners, it is presumed to breed by larval development.


This is an abundant species in the areas where it occurs and its population is considered to be stable.

Population Trend


Major Threats

There is ongoing decline in the quality and extent of the species habitat due to the effects of expanding human settlements, wood collection and logging, the expansion of agriculture including livestock encroachment, and there is artisanal mining taking place in some of the intervening areas where the species is suspected to occur.

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It occurs in Aberdare, Mount Kenya, Mount Elgon, and Kilimanjaro National Parks.

Research Required
Taxonomic research is needed to clarify the identities of some subpopulations, and more research is needed on this species' ecology.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, abundance in anthropogenically disturbed habitats and stable population.

Taxonomic Notes

The species occurs in sympatry with Amietia nutti (Channing et al. 2016).


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2017. Amietia wittei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T58191A113502710. .Downloaded on 19 January 2019


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