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Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Kenya, Tanzania, United Republic of
IUCN (Red List) status: Least Concern (LC).
This species has been recorded with certainty from the highlands of Kenya, from Mount Elgon in the west, to Marsabit in the north, and Nairobi in the south. It occurs in the Rift Valley at Lakes Naivasha and Nakuru. There are records from Tanzania at: Bermi near Babati; Serengeti National Park; and Njombe in the south of the country. It seems likely that this species replaces Xenopus muelleri in upland areas through most of East Africa, and many records previously assigned to X. muelleri in the inland parts of East Africa might well refer to this species. It is likely to occur in Uganda. The current map should be considered provisional. It occurs above 1,000m asl, especially above 1,800m asl, and has been found up to 2,400m asl, probably higher.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a water-dependent species associated with high-altitude grassland and moorland, including pastureland. It does not occur in forest. It lives and breeds in pools and slow-flowing streams.
It is common where it occurs.
It is unlikely to be threatened, since it is adaptable, and its habitats are not significantly threatened.
It occurs in the Mount Elgon, Lake Nakuru and Marsabit National Parks, and probably in several other protected areas.
Richard Tinsley, John Measey, Kim Howell, Stefan Lötters 2004. Xenopus borealis. In: IUCN 2012