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Mazumbai Warty Frog (Callulina kisiwamsitu)

Mazumbai Warty Frog
photo by John Lyakurwa
Conservation status is Endangered

Common Name: Mazumbai Warty Frog
Scientific Name: Callulina kisiwamsitu
Family: Brevicipitidae – African Rain Frogs
Locations: Tanzania
Size: 1.2 – 1.6 inches (30 – 40 mm)

The Mazumbai Warty Frog lives in the forests of the western Usambara Mountains. They can be found in plants and on the ground. During rainy season, the males call from vegetation to attract females. Once a female shows up, the smaller males glue themselves to the back’s of the females and she carries him to a breeding location underground. There, she lays her eggs.

Relatively new species of frog, separated from Krefft’s Warty Frog (Callulina kreffti) in 2004. The two frog’s DNA and call frequency is different. The Kreftt’s Warty Frog is confined to the eastern side of the Usambara Mountains, which could have led to the evolutionary differences between the species.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List assesses the frog as Endangered. The Mazumbai Warty Frog as a small range that is threatened by deforestation to make room for farms. Luckily, it lives in some protected forests that should keep it safe.

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