Xenopus petersii
Peter's Platanna
family: Pipidae

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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, Congo, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Gabon, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, United Republic of, Zambia


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species ranges from southern Gabon, Congo, Angola and extreme northern Namibia, east to southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, extreme western Zimbabwe and northern Botswana. Records from Tanzania require confirmation.

Habitat and Ecology

It is a water-dependent species occurring in a very wide range of habitats, including heavily modified anthropogenic habitats. It lives in all sorts of waterbodies, including streams, but tends to avoid large rivers, and waterbodies with predatory fish. It reaches its highest densities in eutrophic water. It breeds in water; there are no records of it breeding in flowing water. It has very high reproductive potential. It is a highly opportunistic species, and colonizes newly recreated, apparently isolated, waterbodies with ease. It can migrate in large numbers when breeding ponds start to dry up, and the weather is wet.


It is an extremely abundant species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

It is very successful and adaptable, and is invasive in many areas.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in several 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

This species is part of a complex of poorly understood species closely related to Xenopus laevis.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Xenopus petersii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58178A3067653. .Downloaded on 18 January 2019


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