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Du Toit's torrent frog is found in and around the rocky montane streams of Mount Elgon, Kenya, associated with fast flowing streams and waterfalls. The eggs are laid on wet rocks close to torrential streams, and the tadpoles develop clinging to these vertical rock surfaces and grazing algae. It was officially described as a new species in 1935, but has not been seen on Mount Elgon since 1962, despite its habitat being of generally good quality. In view of the rapid disappearance of other montane stream-dwelling species elsewhere in the humid tropics, the impact of disease, such as chytridiomycosis, is a plausible cause of this species’ dramatic decline and possible extinction.
Further surveys of potential habitat to determine if this species survives in the wild; disease screening across known range.
This project supports in-country EDGE Fellows to help conserve relevant EDGE species
This study seeks to carry out an assessment of one of the world's critically endangered amphibian species, Petropedetes dutoiti which is endemic to Mt Elgon on the border of Kenya and Uganda.This is an amphibian species associated with seeps and fast moving waters. It was last spotted in the wild in 1962 and had thus been conceived as extinct.
This study aims to determine the current distribution range of Petropedetes dutoiti, the population status and to identify the threats to the species.
It is one of the Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered species, also listed as Critically Endangered under IUCN. Has a very limited global distribution only restricted to Mt Elgon on the border of Kenya and Uganda.
Working towards saving of the Critically Endangered Du Toit's torrent frog in Kenya
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