Petropedetes dutoiti Loveridge, 1935

Du Toit's torrent frog, Kenya rocky river frog, Elgon montane torrent frog



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Arthroleptides dutoiti Loveridge, 1935


Conservation Status


Last record: 17 May 1962

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct)


Du Toit's torrent frog (Arthroleptides dutoiti) has not been recorded since 1962, and four attempts to relocate the species between 2001 and 2004 have failed. It is therefore listed as 'Critically Endangered' by the IUCN (Lötters et al. 2004). However, an unconfirmed record from the Ugandan side of Mount Elgon in 2003 exists (Pomeroy et al. 2006:3).



Mount Elgon, Kenya (& Uganda?)


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: MCZ 19864

Type locality: "Koitobos (Koitobross) River, eastern slopes of Mount Elgon, Kenya Colony at about 7,200 feet".






Original scientific description:

Loveridge, A. (1935). Scientific results of an expedition to rain forest regions in eastern Africa. I. New reptiles and amphibians from East Africa. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 79: 3-19.


Other references:

Michael F. Barej, Mark-Oliver Rödel, Simon P. Loader, Michele Menegon, Nono L. Gonwouo, Johannes Penner, Václav Gvoždík, Rainer Günther, Rayna C. Bell, Peter Nagel, Andreas Schmitz. (In Press, 2013). Light shines through the spindrift – Phylogeny of African torrent frogs (Amphibia, Anura, Petropedetidae)
Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. [Abstract] [relevant reference?]

du Toit, C. A. (1938). The cranial anatomy of Arthroleptides dutoiti Loveridge. Anat. Anz. Jena 1938: 388-411.

IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. (2016). Arthroleptides dutoiti. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T2119A13322361. Downloaded on 23 July 2016.

Lötters, S., Rotich, D. and Veith, M. (2003). Non-finding of the Kenyan endemic frog Artholeptides dutoiti. FrogLog 60: 3-4.

Ngwava, Jacob M., Barratt, Christopher D. et al. (2021). Species-specific or assemblage-wide decline? The case of Arthroleptides dutoiti Loveridge, 1935 and the amphibian assemblage of Mount Elgon, Kenya. African Journal of Herpetology. [Abstract]

Ngwava, J.M., Malonza, P.K. and Bwong, A.B. 2014. A Survival Blueprint for Du Toit’s Torrent frog (Arthroleptides dutoiti Loveridge 1937). Zoological Society of London.

Pomeroy, Derek, Lutaaya, Betty and Tushabe, Herbert (eds.). (2006). The state of Uganda’s biodiversity 2006. Fifth Biennial Report.


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