This recently described species is known only from the summit of Mount Oku at 3,000m asl in the Bamenda Highlands in western Cameroon. In view of the absence of suitable vegetation at other localities in Cameroon, this species is probably endemic to this area.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in Afro-Alpine vegetation and grassland at the summit of Mount Oku. Its breeding habits are unknown, but since it lives above the water limit on Mount Oku, it is presumably either a live-bearer or a direct-developer laying eggs on the ground.
The population status of this species is unknown.
The habitat at the summit of Mount Oku is threatened by overgrazing and fire. Because it is a high-altitude species with a very limited range, it is potentially affected by climate change.
A conservation project has been conducted on Mount Oku for several years by BirdLife International, involving community management of the area by the local villages. This project needs to take into account the conservation needs of this species. A captive-breeding programme should be considered in view of possible effects of climate change. Survey work is necessary to determine the current population status and breeding habits of this species.
Jean-Louis Amiet 2004. Wolterstorffina chirioi. In: IUCN 2014