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Arthroleptis troglodytes (Cave squeaker)

Synonyms: Schoutedenella troglodytes

Wikipedia Abstract

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 means that the embryo develops into a tadpole and subsequently into an adult frog before hatching. The eggs must still be laid in a damp location, however. This ability frees the Cave Squeaker from dependence on bodies of water for reproduction.This is a small species, measuring just 25 mm in total length. The tips of the
View Wikipedia Record: Arthroleptis troglodytes

Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Arthroleptis troglodytes

EDGE Analysis

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) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 16.09
EDGE Score: 5.61
View EDGE Record: Arthroleptis troglodytes


Litters / Year [1]  1
Snout to Vent Length [1]  0.984 inches (2.5 cm)


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Eastern Zimbabwe montane forest-grassland mosaic Zimbabwe, Mozambique Afrotropic Montane Grasslands and Shrublands

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Chimanimani National Park 42255 Zimbabwe  

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Sites

Name  Location   Map   Climate   Land Use 
Chimanimani Mountains Zimbabwe

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Eastern Afromontane Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zimbabwe No

Range Map


Chimanimani National Park;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Oliveira, Brunno Freire; São-Pedro, Vinícius Avelar; Santos-Barrera, Georgina; Penone, Caterina; C. Costa, Gabriel. (2017) AmphiBIO, a global database for amphibian ecological traits. Sci. Data.
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
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
AZE sites provided by Alliance for Zero Extinction (2010). 2010 AZE Update.
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