Facts about this animal
A rather large beautiful toad and although they appear as brightly coloured, on the forest floor they simply disappear into the background leaf-litter. Their yellow dorsal surfaces perfectly match a recently fallen leaf - even down to the small perforations attacked by fungus with decaying edges and the lower part looks like a deep shadow created by this leaf.
Did you know?
The species is used as medicine: It is captured and carefully killed and dried so as not to damage the skeleton. The bones are then crushed and used in traditional medicine.
|Name (Scientific)||Amietophrynus superciliaris|
|Name (English)||Cameroon Toad|
|Name (French)||Crapaud du Cameroun|
|Name (Spanish)||Sapo del Camerún|
|CITES Status||Appendix I|
|CMS Status||Not listed|
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|Range||Benin, Cameroon, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Togo. Introduced: Central African Republic|
|Habitat||In Central Africa, it lives mainly in secondary forest, but also in tall primary forest, as well as dense brush and cocoa plantations. In West Africa, it is restricted to primary forest along the banks of larger rivers.|
|Wild population||It is generally uncommon through most of its range and very rare in West Africa. It is probably affected to some extent by forest loss, especially when the habitat becomes very open. Pet trade might also have impacted some populations, and some low-level illegal trade does possibly continue.|
|Zoo population||None reported to ISIS (2007)|