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Xenopus longipes (Lake Oku Clawed Frog)

Wikipedia Abstract

The Lake Oku Clawed Frog (Xenopus longipes) is a species of frog in the Pipidae family.
View Wikipedia Record: Xenopus longipes

Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Xenopus longipes

EDGE Analysis

The African clawed frogs have undergone drastic changes in chromosome number during their evolution, making them some of the most genetically unusual creatures in the world. They exhibit polyploidy, meaning they have more than the two sets of chromosomes found in most other organisms (known as diploid). The Lake Oku clawed frog has 12 sets of chromosomes, so is dodecaploid. The only known habitat is Lake Oku, a freshwater lake completely surrounded by montane rainforest found 2,219 metres above sea level on Mount Oku, the second highest peak in mainland West Africa. Local people respect this lake as a sacred place and no fish have been introduced. Invasive predators could prove catastrophic to the clawed frog population.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
12
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
82
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 24.83
EDGE Score: 6.02
View EDGE Record: Xenopus longipes

Ecoregions

Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Map Climate Land
Use
Cameroonian Highlands forests Cameroon, Nigeria Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Sites

Name  Location   Map   Climate   Land Use 
Mount Oku Cameroon

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website Map
Guinean Forests of West Africa Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, Togo Yes

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

    Maps
Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Zoo of Antwerp
Zoological Society of London

Range Map

Link to Map

Photos

Citations

Species recognized by , , ITIS Global: The Integrated Taxonomic Information System in Catalog of Life 2011
Endangered Status provided by IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2 <www.iucnredlist.org> Downloaded on 11 April 2013.
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 gis.wwfus.org/wildfinder
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Biodiversity Hotspots, Conservation International
AZE sites provided by Alliance for Zero Extinction (2010). 2010 AZE Update.
Images provided by Google Image Search
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
EDGE analysis provided by EDGE of Existence programme, Zoological Society of London
Range map provided by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), Conservation International & NatureServe.
Weather provided by NOAA METAR Data Access
Institution information provided by International Species Information System - May 2011