Arthroleptis troglodytes Poynton, 1963

Cave squeaker



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1962

Rediscovered in December 2016

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct)





Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Poynton, J. C. (1963). Descriptions of southern African amphibians. Annals of the Natal Museum 15: 319-332.


Other references:

Becker, Francois S. and Hopkins, Robert W. (2017). The rediscovery of a lost frog: Arthroleptis troglodytes Poynton, 1963. African Zoology 52(3): [pagination?].

Channing, A. (2001). Amphibians of Central and Southern Africa. Cornell University Press, Ithaca and London.

IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. (2014). Arthroleptis troglodytes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. ( Downloaded on 09 May 2015.

Lambiris, A. J. L. (1989). The frogs of Zimbabwe. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat. Torino, Monografia [1989]: 1-247.

Mayer, Lindsay Renick. (2017). Love at First Squeak: Scientists Re-Discover Tiny Lost Frog Species in Zimbabwe. FrogLog 118: 15-16.

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund. (2015). Annual report 2015. Available from: [Accessed 14 January 2017]

Poynton, J. C. (1964). The amphibia of southern Africa: a faunal study. Annals of the Natal Museum 17: 1-334.

Poynton, J. C. (2003). Arthroleptis troglodytes and the content of Schoutedenella (Amphibia: Anura: Arthroleptidae). African Journal of Herpetology 52: 49-51.

Poynton, J. C. and Broadley, D. G. (1985). Amphibia Zambesiaca. 1. Scolecomorphidae, Pipidae, Microhylidae, Hemisidae, Arthroleptidae. Annals of the Natal Museum: 503-553.


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