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Petropedetes dutoiti (Du Toit's torrent frog)

Synonyms: Arthroleptides dutoiti

Wikipedia Abstract

Du Toit's torrent frog, the Mt. Elgon torrent frog, or the Kenya rocky river frog (Arthroleptides dutoiti) is a species of frog in the Petropedetidae family endemic to Mount Elgon in Kenya; it has not been found on the Ugandan part of the mountain. It is one of many, often taxonomically unrelated, frogs referred to as torrent frogs.
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Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
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EDGE Analysis

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) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 28.52
EDGE Score: 6.16
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Litters / Year [1]  1


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
East African montane forests Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Mount Elgon Forest Reserve 180607 Kenya      
Mount Elgon National Park II 41818 Kenya  

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Sites

Name  Location   Map   Climate   Land Use 
Mount Elgon Uganda

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


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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