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Mertensophryne mocquardi
family: Bufonidae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
CITES
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 has been recorded from Mount Kenya, the Kinangop Plateau and the highlands around Nairobi, Kenya. Its overall distribution and altitudinal range are still unclear because of confusion with Bufo lonnbergi and Bufo nairobiensis.

Habitat and Ecology

There is no information on its habitat and ecology, although it is apparently a montane forest species that presumably breeds in water.

Population

The population status of this species is unknown.

Population Trend

Unknown

Major Threats

There is no information on threats to this species.

Conservation Actions

It might well occur in Mount Kenya and Aberdares National Parks. More work is needed to resolve the taxonomic status of this species and its relatives. Further research is needed into the distribution limits, and population status, ecology, threats, and the use and trade of this species.

Taxonomic Notes

This species was removed from the synonymy of Mertensophryne lonnbergi by Poynton (1997), who also included M. nairobiensis within it. However, we follow Channing and Howell (2006) in giving M. nairobiensis full species status. M. Tandy (pers. comm.) considers both M. mocquardi and M. nairobiensis to be synonyms of M. lonnbergi. More work is needed to resolve the taxonomic status of these species.

Citation

IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2014. Mertensophryne mocquardi. In: IUCN 2014

 

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