Frog of the Week

Lake Oku Clawed Frog (Xenopus longipes)

photo by Václav Gvoždík

Common Name: Lake Oku Clawed Frog
Scientific Name: Xenopus longipes
Family: Pipidae – Tongueless Frog family
Location: Cameroon
Size: 1.4 inches

The Lake Oku Clawed Frog is a mostly aquatic frog found in Lake Oku in northwestern Cameroon. There was no native fish in the lake, making it a perfect spot for the frogs to live but humans have introduced fish to the lake. These fish predate on the frogs and their tadpoles, causing population declines. Several zoos have started breeding them to make captive assurance colonies.


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