Amietophrynus poweri is found in arid southwestern Africa, including Namibia, Botswana, western Zimbabwe and western South Africa (Channing, 2001).
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).
Habitat and Ecology
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).
Predators are unrecorded. Prey includes beetles (Text from Minter et al., 2004, © SI/MAB Biodiversity Program).
Life History and Behavior
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).
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).
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
- 2004Least Concern
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).
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.
- Tandy, M., Channing, A., Minter, L. & Poynton, J.C. 2004. Bufo poweri. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 21 July 2007.
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