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Habitat and Ecology
Genus Poyntophrynus occurs in a number of habitats including subtropical or tropical dry shrubland; karoo shrubland; grassland; bushveld savanna; subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grasslands; desert, including moderate altitude habitat up to 1500 metres; and intermittent freshwater marshes. One species, P. vertebralis, is additionally found in the Drakensberg alti-montane ecoregion and the Highveld grasslands of the middle reaches of the Orange River (Hogan, 2013).
P. beiranus, for example, is found in two distinct and disjoint ecoregions: the Zambezian flooded grasslands and the Zambezian coastal flooded savanna (World Wildlife Fund & Hogan, 2007). An example of the desert occurrence is P. damaranus, known only from the Kaokoveld Desert and Waterberg areas of northern and northwestern Namibia, where it occurs up to at least 1500 metres above mean sea level (Channing & Tandy, 2004; World Wildlife Fund & Hogan, 2008). P. fenoulheti presents an example within the genus of a bushveld savanna inhabitant.