Amietia vandijki
Van Dijk's river frog
family: Pyxicephalidae
subfamily: Cacosterninae
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: South Africa


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known from the Swartberg, Langeberg and Hottentots-Holland mountain ranges in the eastern part of Western Cape Province, South Africa. It occurs at medium to high altitudes, up to at least 1,800 m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It inhabits mountain fynbos heathland, and is associated with rocky streams on steep, well-vegetated slopes, and forest gorges. It breeds in pools at the sides of streams, and in deeper, slow-flowing water.


It is considered to be a common species in all three mountain ranges.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Much of its habitat is protected, but even within the protected areas this species may be threatened by the damming of streams, the spread of invasive alien plants, and by too frequent fires. However, these threats are currently thought not to be intense and are being presumably managed within the protected areas.

Conservation Actions

No conservation actions are currently prioritised for this species, although further research on population trends would be useful and required for a sound basis for future monitoring. Taxonomic investigations of disjunct distributions require attention. It is currently known from four protected areas: Grootvadersbos Nature Reserve, Boosmansbos Wilderness Area, Swartberg Nature Reserve, and Garcia State Forest.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern as it occurs throughout three protected mountain ranges, is common in all three, and threats are not considered to be sufficiently intense at this time to merit assessment in a threatened category.

Taxonomic Notes

The taxonomy of this genus and disjunct distributions of this species require attention.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Amietia vandijki. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58190A18403339. .Downloaded on 19 January 2019


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