Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species ranges from southwestern Cameroon, through mainland Equatorial Guinea (Rio Muni) south to Mont Crystal and Mont Iboundji in west-central Gabon (M. Burger pers. comm.). It lives below 1,000 m asl.
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Physical Description

Morphology

The following is the original description by Boulenger (1906):

Closely allied to C. leucomystax, but fingers and toes more (section illegible) and more distinctly dilated at the end, and inner metataral tubercle smaller, much shorter than the inner toe.Tibio-tarsal articulation reaching the eye or between the eye and the tip of the snout (the tympanum or the eye in C. leucomystax) Greyish brown above with large and small symmetrical dark brown spots with a fine palee outline; the first large spot begins between the eyes and is triangular with the base turned forwards; it is immediately followed by a second and by a third, each subtriangular or cordiform with the point turned forwards; a large oval spot on the lumbar region; a whitish line round the eye and the temporal region; limbs with spots and bars edged with lighter, as on the body; throat and belly brown, or much spotted with
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From snout to vent 37 mm.
Four specimens from Efulen.

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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
It lives in moist lowland forest and degraded forest. The frogs breed in small streams, often full of dead leaves. Adults come together in large numbers at breeding sites. The males call from rocky areas near streams, or from under bridges.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
  • Freshwater
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2013

Assessor/s
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group

Reviewer/s
Stuart, S.N.

Contributor/s
Amiet, J.-L. & Burger, M.

Justification
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution and presumed large population.

History
  • 2004
    Least Concern
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Population

Population
It is common where it occurs.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
Due to its large range it is likely that there are declines in some areas due to habitat loss.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It presumably occurs in several protected areas.
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Wikipedia

Cardioglossa elegans

Cardioglossa elegans is a species of frog in the Arthroleptidae family. It is found in Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, rivers, and heavily degraded former forest. It is threatened by habitat loss.

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