Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Tanzania, United Republic of
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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 southeastern Tanzania from the Uluguru Mountains, southwest to Mount Rungwe and Songea, and southeast to Nchingidi. It occurs at both low and high altitudes up to 1,600m asl, perhaps more.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in lowland and submontane forest and miombo woodland, where it burrows into logs in dry season. It is not known whether or not it can tolerate any degradation of its habitat. Its breeding requirements are unknown, though it is presumed to be by direct development.
It is irregular in occurrence, but this is probably because it is overlooked because of its very secretive habits.
Because the ecological requirements of this species are so poorly known, it is not possible to assess its threats.
It almost certainly occurs in the Selous Game Reserve, and possibly in the Udzungwa National Park, but records are lacking.
Kim Howell, John Poynton, Simon Loader, Tim Davenport 2004. Spelaeophryne methneri. In: IUCN 2012