Ptychadena mapacha
Mapacha ridged frog
family: Ptychadenidae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Namibia


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is so far known only from Katima Mulilo and the surrounding areas in the eastern Caprivi Strip of northeastern Namibia. It almost certainly occurs more widely, especially in southwestern Zambia, southeastern Angola, and northern Botswana (Herrmann and Branch 2013). Its EOO is 2,590 km2.

Habitat and Ecology

This species is known from dry wooded savannah, where the males call from concealed positions under vegetation while sitting in shallow water. Breeding is believed to take place in shallow, muddy, temporary pools.


It is apparently not uncommon at its only known site.

Population Trend


Major Threats

There is no direct information on threats to this species, but it is likely to occur widely in an area of limited human impact.

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It is not known from any protected areas, though it is likely to occur in Caprivi Forest Reserve. 

Research Needed
More information is needed on this species' distribution, population status, natural history, and threats.

Red List Status

Data Deficient (DD)


Listed as Data Deficient in view of the absence of information on the limits of its extent of occurrence (EOO), and on its status and ecological requirements.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group, South African Frog Re-assessment Group (SA-FRoG) 2017. Ptychadena mapacha. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T58509A77160114. .Downloaded on 23 January 2019


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