IUCN threat status:

Endangered (EN)


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Range Description

This species is restricted to a small area of mist belt on the eastern escarpment of KwaZulu-Natal Province (which includes the former enclave of Eastern Cape, recently incorporated into KwaZulu-Natal), South Africa. Six fragmented and isolated subpopulations were known until 2004 (Minter et al. 2004). Recent surveys indicate that the species is extant at four of the six known sites, but it is possibly extinct at two of these sites (J. Harvey pers. comm. August 2009). In addition, it has been found to occur more extensively in NgeleForest than previously known, in the Mpur forestry area, and a new population within the Ixopo region (Roelton Dam) was also discovered (J. Harvey pers. comm. August 2009). Within the Mpur forestry area, A. ngongoniensis was recorded at several new sites (J. Harvey pers. comm. August 2009). In total, 12 subpopulations are now known, although these are aggregated in only four locations. It is known to occur between 1,020 and 1,720 m asl, and its total area of occupancy is estimated to be 9 km² (J. Harvey pers. comm. December 2009), while its extent of occurrence is estimated to be 1,525 km².


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