Following a review by Channing and Baptista (2013), this species is considered to be endemic to South Africa, but widespread within the country, reaching from the southwestern Cape east to Rhodes in the Eastern Cape, from 15–2,500 m Asl. Channing et al. (2016) also shows the species as extending up towards Johannesburg and Pretoria.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a species of grassland and fynbos heathland. It survives in altered habitats, such as pastureland and agricultural land, and breeds in well-vegetated streams, rivers, and in ponds and dams in dry areas.
It is a common species, considered to have a stable population, with large breeding aggregations.
It is not significantly threatened and it is an adaptable species.
It occurs in many protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats and a presumed large population.
A study by Channing and Baptista (2013) based on mitochondrial DNA, advertisement calls and morphology splits this form into two distantly related taxa, which were previously assessed together: Amietia fuscigula (Duméril and Bibron 1841) from the southwestern Cape and a recently described species, Amietia poyntoni. The species occurs in sympatry with A. delalandii, A. vandijki, and A. poyntoni.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2017. Amietia fuscigula. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T45331497A113479493. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-2.RLTS.T45331497A113479493.en .Downloaded on 10 December 2018