> Arthroleptis troglodytes
Arthroleptis troglodytes (Cave squeaker)
Synonyms: Schoutedenella troglodytes
The Cave Squeaker (Arthroleptis troglodytes) is a species of frog in the Arthroleptidae family.It is found in Zimbabwe and possibly Mozambique.Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland and caves. Very little is known about this species of frog. It is taxonomically distinct from "true frogs" from the family Ranidae. The Cave Squeaker undergoes direct development, forgoing existence as a tadpole and hatching directly as miniature adults.
This is a very poorly understood species, as it has not been seen since 1962 when it was officially discovered as a new species. Most of the cave squeaker specimens were collected in sinkholes or caves, and a few were found in open montane grassland. The area from which this species has been recorded is protected, primarily in the Chimanimani National Park. It is thought to be very rare and difficult to find, but very little is known about what factors may threaten its survival in the wild. As an isolated, montane species, it could be at risk from the effects of climate change.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0)
Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 16.09
EDGE Score: 5.61
Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Sites
Chimanimani National Park;
Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zimbabwe
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Protected Areas provided by Le Saout, S., Hoffmann, M., Shi, Y., Hughes, A., Bernard, C., Brooks, T.M., Bertzky, B., Butchart, S.H.M., Stuart, S.N., Badman, T. & Rodrigues, A.S.L. (2013) Protected areas and effective biodiversity conservation
. Science, 342, 803–805