> Petropedetes dutoiti
Petropedetes dutoiti (Du Toit's torrent frog)
Synonyms: Arthroleptides dutoiti
The Du Toit's Torrent Frog (Arthroleptides dutoiti) is a species of frog in the Petropedetidae family. It is found in Kenya and possibly Uganda. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forests and rivers. It is threatened by habitat loss.
Du Toit's torrent frog is found in and around the rocky montane streams of Mount Elgon, Kenya, associated with fast flowing streams and waterfalls. The eggs are laid on wet rocks close to torrential streams, and the tadpoles develop clinging to these vertical rock surfaces and grazing algae. It was officially described as a new species in 1935, but has not been seen on Mount Elgon since 1962, despite its habitat being of generally good quality. In view of the rapid disappearance of other montane stream-dwelling species elsewhere in the humid tropics, the impact of disease, such as chytridiomycosis, is a plausible cause of this species dramatic decline and possible extinction.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0)
Unique & Vulnerable (100)
East African montane forests
Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania
Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Sites
Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zimbabwe
Species recognized by , , in
Endangered Status provided by IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2 <www.iucnredlist.org
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Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 gis.wwfus.org/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