Ptychadena nilotica
family: Ptychadenidae
Species Description: Revalidation of the species described by Seetzen 1855. Dehling JM, Sinsch U 2013 Diversity of ridged frogs (Anura: Ptychadenidae, Ptychadena spp.) in wetlands of the upper Nile in Rwanda: morpholgical, bioacoustic, and molecular evidence. Zool. Anz. 253: 143-157.

© 2013 Maximilian Dehling (1 of 2)
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: Burundi, Egypt, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, United Republic of, Uganda


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

Confirmed by Dehling and Sinsch (2013) from the drainage basin of the Nile and its major tributary, the White Nile in Egypt, and Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania. While the limits of its range are unknown, it is likely to also occur in Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, and easternmost Democratic Republic of Congo (Frost, 2015).

Habitat and Ecology

A highly adaptable species, it occurs in agricultural areas, rice fields, secondary vegetation with tall herbaceous vegetation and marshy areas, and is often found near large lakes, rivers and other wetland habitats (including irrigation canals). It breeds by larval development in all still and slow-flowing water types, including puddles, ditches and ruts.


There is little population information for this species, but it is presumed to be abundant and stable.

Population Trend


Major Threats

It is a very adaptable species that is not facing any significant threats, except in localized situations.

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It is likely to occur in several protected areas. 

Research Needed
Continued research the species distribution is required.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern due to its wide distribution, adaptability to several habitat types including human-modified habitats, and its presumed large and stable population.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Ptychadena nilotica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T76317558A76317932. .Downloaded on 23 January 2019


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