Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Rwanda, Uganda
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IUCN (Red List) status: Least Concern (LC).
For Red List information on this species, see the IUCN species account.
From the IUCN Red List Species Account:
This species occurs in the mountains bordering the Albertine Rift in southwestern Uganda, western and northern Rwanda and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It ranges as far north as Kibale Forest in Uganda. Records from Tanzania are now considered to be doubtful. It is a high-altitude species, descending as low as 1,200m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a water-dependent species of highland swamps and lakes, often occurring in small and large ponds, very rarely in rivers, and occasionally in streams. It is not a forest species, and it is adaptable, living in high-altitude grassland and agricultural areas, where it does not require shade. However, it is not normally in very open water where fish are present. At the lower elevational limit of its range in the Kibale Forest, where it is rare, it is perhaps more of a forest species.
It is common where it occurs.
It is an adaptable species that is not significantly threatened, although harvesting for human consumption might have a local impact.
It occurs in the Virunga National Park (Democratic Republic of Congo), Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda), Bwindi-Impenetrable National Park (Uganda) and Kibale National Park (Uganda).
Richard Tinsley, John Measey, Kim Howell 2004. Xenopus vestitus. In: IUCN 2012