This species is known only from two sites in the mountains east of the Rift Valley in Ethiopia, between Dodola and Aselle (the type locality) at 2,650m asl, and in the Arussi Mountains at 2,500m asl. It could be more widespread.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a water-dependent species. At the type locality it was found in pools, streams and marshes surrounded by grassy clearings derived from montane forest. At its other site, it was found in a stream flowing through cultivated land. It is perhaps formerly a montane forest species, with only remnant populations surviving due to habitat loss, but this has not been confirmed. It presumably breeds in water, like other species of Xenopus.
There is very little information: only a few specimens are known.
The most likely threats to this species are forest loss, environmental degradation and aquatic pollution resulting from human activities such as shifting agriculture and smallholder farming.
It is not known to occur in any protected areas. More data are needed in order to determine the conservation status and requirements of this species.
Malcolm Largen, Richard Tinsley, John Measey 2004. Xenopus largeni. In: IUCN 2013