This species is known from the Swartberg, Langeberg and Hottentots-Holland mountain ranges in the eastern part of Western Cape Province, South Africa. It occurs at medium to high altitudes, up to at least 1,800 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits mountain fynbos heathland, and is associated with rocky streams on steep, well-vegetated slopes, and forest gorges. It breeds in pools at the sides of streams, and in deeper, slow-flowing water.
It is considered to be a common species in all three mountain ranges.
Much of its habitat is protected, but even within the protected areas this species may be threatened by the damming of streams, the spread of invasive alien plants, and by too frequent fires. However, these threats are currently thought not to be intense and are being presumably managed within the protected areas.
No conservation actions are currently prioritised for this species, although further research on population trends would be useful and required for a sound basis for future monitoring. Taxonomic investigations of disjunct distributions require attention. It is currently known from four protected areas: Grootvadersbos Nature Reserve, Boosmansbos Wilderness Area, Swartberg Nature Reserve, and Garcia State Forest.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern as it occurs throughout three protected mountain ranges, is common in all three, and threats are not considered to be sufficiently intense at this time to merit assessment in a threatened category.
The taxonomy of this genus and disjunct distributions of this species require attention.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Amietia vandijki. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58190A18403339. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T58190A18403339.en .Downloaded on 18 November 2018