Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species ranges from extreme southern Angola, through the northern two-thirds of Namibia, to Botswana, southward to central South Africa. The eastern limit of its distribution is very uncertain due to confusion with Bufo garmani. It is a low-altitude species.
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Amietophrynus poweri is found in arid southwestern Africa, including Namibia, Botswana, western Zimbabwe and western South Africa (Channing, 2001).

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Physical Description

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Comparisons

A. poweri is similar to B. garmani and can be difficult to differentiate them on morphology (Text from Minter et al., 2004, © SI/MAB Biodiversity Program).

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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
It is a denizen of open savannahs, wooded savannahs, thornveldt, river valleys and agricultural areas, breeding in temporary water (vleis, marshes, dams or pans), and sometimes-artificial pools.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
  • Freshwater
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Habitat and Ecology

A. poweri inhabits thornveld and open savanna in lower-rainfall areas of the Savanna Biome, including river valleys on Kalahari sand. Much of its habitat occurs in cattle- and game-farming regions, and is well protected (Text from Minter et al., 2004, © SI/MAB Biodiversity Program).

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Associations

Predators are unrecorded. Prey includes beetles (Text from Minter et al., 2004, © SI/MAB Biodiversity Program).

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Life History and Behavior

Reproduction

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Choruses of calling males form on mud banks and in open, shallow water. Around 23,000 eggs are laid in double strands that are attached to submerged and floating vegetation (Text from Minter et al., 2004, © SI/MAB Biodiversity Program).

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Channing (2001) reports that breeding occurs in pans, dams and marshes, breeding begins early in the season, usually in mid-September (Text from Minter et al., 2004, © SI/MAB Biodiversity Program).

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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
Channing, A., Poynton, J., Minter, L. & Tandy, M.

Justification
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats and its presumed large population.

History
  • 2004
    Least Concern
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IUCN Red List Category and Justification of Conservation Status

A. poweri is common and often locally abundant (Text from Minter et al., 2004, © SI/MAB Biodiversity Program).

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Population

Population
It is a common species, and is often locally abundant.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
It is an adaptable species that is not facing any significant threats.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It occurs in many protected areas.
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Wikipedia

Amietophrynus poweri

Amietophrynus poweri is a species of toad in the Bufonidae family. It is found in Angola, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. Its natural habitats are dry savanna, moist savanna, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland, swamps, freshwater marshes, intermittent freshwater marshes, arable land, pastureland, and ponds.

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