Tomopterna wambensis
Wamba Sand Frog
family: Pyxicephalidae
subfamily: Cacosterninae
Species Description: Wasonga DV, Channing A 2013 Identification of sand frogs (Anura: Pyxicephalidae: Tomopterns)from Kenya with the descriptions of two new species. Zootaxa 3734: 221-240.
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: Kenya


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known from northern to southeastern Kenya and a single record (which has been genetically confirmed) from Arusha, Tanzania, between 725-1,782 m asl (Wasonga and Channing 2013). It is likely to occur into Ethiopia due to the proximity of the most northern confirmed record near to the Kenya-Ethiopian border (Wasonga and Channing 2013). Its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 77,748 km2.

Habitat and Ecology

This species has been found mostly in open savanna habitats including man-made and natural water points; individuals have been observed in (about 10 cm) and outside (around 2 m) of waterbodies (Wasonga and Channing 2013). Breeding aggregations are found in seasonal wetlands; however it is unknown whether it lays eggs or has tadpoles (Wasonga and Channing2013).


Due to ongoing declines in the extent and quality of habitat, the population could be suspected to be declining. However the degree to which this species can tolerate habitat degradation is unknown, thus the population trend is unknown.

Population Trend


Major Threats

It is thought that this species is not under any immediate threat (Wasonga and Channing 2013); and although its habitat is threatened by agriculture and logging, it has been found in disturbed habitats which suggests some tolerance to habitat degradation.

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species is known from in and outside of protected areas.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern due to its wide distribution range and presumed large population.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Tomopterna wambensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T76317619A76317952. .Downloaded on 23 January 2019


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