Heads up: this taxon concept is inactive. It has been split into Tomopterna cryptotis, Tomopterna kachowskii, and Tomopterna elegans. View taxonomic changes

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    • Tomopterna cryptotis
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    • Cryptic sand frog
    • Common Sand Frog

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Cryptic sand frog Tomopterna cryptotis [inactive]




January 1, 1987


Semi-arid bush country near Lake Eyasi. I found lots of these when excavating sand in a dry stream bed.

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Description from Wikipedia

The common sand frog (Tomopterna cryptotis) is a species of frog in the Ranidae family found in Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and possibly Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, and Guinea. Its natural habitats are dry savanna, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland, subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland, intermittent...

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Conservation Summary

    Source: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. . Downloaded on 10 November 2011.