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 Rwanda and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It ranges as far north as Kibale Forest in Uganda. It probably occurs in northwestern Burundi. It is known to occur from 1,200 up to 2,300m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a water-dependent species of highland swamps and lake margins, often occurring in small and large ponds, ditches and streams. It is a very adaptable species, found in both forest and in high-altitude grassland and agricultural areas, where it does not require shade. It is replaced by Xenopus pygmaeus in lowland forest.
It is a very abundant species.
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 wittei. In: IUCN 2012