This species has its range centred on the Ethiopian Plateau (where it occurs on both sides of the Rift Valley and it the Valley itself) and Eritrea, and it is reputed to occur in the Lake Turkana region of northwestern Kenya and immediately adjacent Sudan. Its altitudinal range is 820-2,745m asl; records up to 3,500m asl are unsubstantiated.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a water-dependent species, living in permanent water in a wide variety of habitats, including both montane and lowland forest, montane grassland, Acacia woodland and arid savannah. It breeds in permanent, still and slow-flowing waterbodies.
It is common to abundant in many localities.
The most likely threats are environmental degradation and aquatic pollution resulting from human activities. However, it is a resilient species, and is not seriously threatened.
It occurs in several protected areas.
John Measey, Richard Tinsley, Malcolm Largen 2004. Xenopus clivii. In: IUCN 2013