IUCN threat status:

Critically Endangered (CR)


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Distribution and Habitat

Xenopus longipes is known only from Lake Oku, a crater lake at ~2219 m on Mount Oku, the second tallest mountain in Cameroon. This and other mountains in the Cameroon Volcanic Line receive high rain fall and have patches of mountain forest remaining at higher elevations. Lake Oku is surrounded by steep slopes and montane forest that is part of the Kilum-Ijum Reserve (Loumont and Kobel 1991). Despite field surveys elsewhere on Mount Oku and other highland areas in both Cameroon and Nigeria, this species remains known only from Lake Oku. Lake Oku is a relatively shallow lake approximately 0.2 km2 (or 0.9 square miles) with an estimated maximum depth of 52 m (Kling 1988), but the way in which this species uses this depth as either tadpoles or adults remains unknown (Blackburn, personal communication).


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