Phrynobatrachus francisci
family: Phrynobatrachidae
Species Description: Rodel 2000 Herpetofauna Afr 1:165
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: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo


View distribution map using BerkeleyMapper.


From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species occurs in the Guinea savanna zones of West Africa, from Senegal and Gambia, east to Nigeria. There are records from Senegal, Gambia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria. It has not been recorded from Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mauritania and Niger, but it almost certainly occurs in these countries, and they are included in the species' distribution on the map.

Habitat and Ecology

It is a species of humid and dry savanna, also living in altered habitats, such as agricultural areas and villages. It breeds in a variety of temporary water habitats, including small temporary ponds and puddles, and ditches in villages.


It is a very common species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

It is an adaptable species that is not facing any significant threats.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in many protected areas.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats and its presumed large population.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Phrynobatrachus francisci. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58109A18393090. .Downloaded on 19 January 2019


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