Hemisus barotseensis
family: Hemisotidae
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: Zambia


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known from western Zambia, from the Barotse floodplain along the Zambezi River. Its geographic range remains largely unknown; it was previously though to occur on Kafue Flats but there are doubts as the specimen from this locality was never examined and now needs to be verified (A. Channing pers. comm. July 2016). For these reasons it has been removed from the map. Its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 747 km2.

Habitat and Ecology

It is believed to be a fossorial species of floodplains in savanna country. If it is like other members of the genus, it nests in a burrow in wet soil adjacent to temporary water, into which the larvae move when hatched.


It is known from only a few specimens, so its population status is not clear.

Population Trend


Major Threats

There is no direct information on threats to this species.

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species presumably occurs in Liuwa Plain and Lochinvar National Parks. 

Research Needed
Research is needed into the distribution and population status, ecology and threats to this species.

Red List Status

Data Deficient (DD)


Listed as Data Deficient since there is still very little information on its population status, habitat and ecological requirements, and there is an absence of information on threats.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group & South African Frog Re-assessment Group (SA-FRoG) 2016. Hemisus barotseensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T55277A77161262. .Downloaded on 23 January 2019


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