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Poyntonophrynus damaranus
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: Namibia

 

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From the Encyclopedia of Life account:

Distribution

P. damaranus is known only from the Kaokoveld Desert and Waterberg areas (World Wildlife Fund; Hogan, 2008) of northern and north-western Namibia, where it occurs up to at least 1500 metres above mean sea level (Channing & Tandy, 2004).


Author: Hogan, C.Michael
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Taxonomic Notes

As of 2004, the validity of this species is in question (Channing & Tandy, 2004). It has variously been considered as a subspecies of both Poyntonophrynus dombensis and P. fenoulheti, and Channing considers that it might be a synonym of P. hoeschi. Tandy considers that it is likely a synonym of P. dombensis.


Author: Hogan, C.Michael
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Habitat and Ecology

P. damaranus, according to the IUCN account, is a terrestrial anuran presumed to live in semi-arid habitats and breeds in temporary freshwater waterbodies (Channing & Tandy, 2004).


Author: Hogan, C.Michael
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Associations

There are a number of endemic herp species that are found in the same range as P. damaranus. The high number of endemic animals in the Kaokoveld is made up largely of reptiles. Of the 63 reptile species recorded in the Kaokoveld Desert, eight are strictly endemic. The endemics include two lizards, three geckos, and three skinks. The endemic Bocage's Sand Lizard (Pedioplania benguellensis) is an amazingly fast-moving lizard that can be seen in the heat of the day, dashing over the sparsely vegetated sand and gravel flats. The endemic geckos are quite distinctive. The Namib Desert Gecko (Palmatogecko vanzeyli), for example, exhibits a medium-sized body and a large head with immense jewel-like eyes (World Wildlife Fund; Hogan, 2008).


Author: Hogan, C.Michael
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IUCN Red List Category and Justification of Conservation Status

This anuran is classified as Data Deficient as its conservation status by the IUCN (Channing & Tandy, 2004).


Author: Hogan, C.Michael
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Conservation Actions and Management

There are two major protected areas within the species range: the Skeleton Coast National Park in Namibia and the Iona National Park in Angola. Visitation to the Skeleton Coast National Park is carefully controlled and limited by the government of Namibia; however, controls are weak on the Angolan side of the border, largely due to the four decade long warfare and instability that began with the invasion of Cuban mercenaries in the year 1974 (World Wildlife Fund; Hogan. 2008).


Author: Hogan, C.Michael
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