Sclerophrys taiensis
family: Bufonidae

© 1999 M.O. Roedel (1 of 3)
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Critically Endangered (CR)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is only known from the forests of Taï National Park in southwestern Côte d'Ivoire and the Gola Forest in southeastern Sierra Leone (A. Hillers pers. comm. May 2012). It has not been recorded from the intervening area in Liberia and was likely to have been more widespread throughout this region.  It is a lowland species that certainly occurs below 500 m asl (M.-O. Rödel pers. comm. June 2012). The area of occupancy (AOO) is estimated to be less than 500 km²

Habitat and Ecology

It is known only from primary rainforest. It was found close to forest streams and it it therefore presumed that it breads in these streams (M.-O. Rödel pers. comm. June 2012). There is no information on its breeding, but if it is similar to B. tuberosus, then its breeding is likely to take place in small forest streams.


It is clearly a rare species as prior to 2012 it was known from only four specimens in an area of Côte d'Ivoire that had been thoroughly surveyed. The current population trend is presumed to be decreasing due to ongoing habitat loss.

Population Trend


Major Threats

There is ongoing forest loss due to agriculture (cacao plantations, rubber and oil palms), timber extraction, and human settlement (encroachment) leading to a reduction in the area and quality of the habitat throughout the range of the species.

Conservation Actions

This species has been recorded from Taï National Park in southwestern Côte d'Ivoire. The record from Sierra Leone was also found in a national forest (Gola National Forest). However, its habitat requires improved management and increased protection. Further survey work is required to determine the biology, population status and trends of this species, as well as the limits of its distribution range.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2015. Amietophrynus taiensis. In: IUCN 2014


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