This species was described only from the Kambai and Longuza Forest Reserves in the foothills of the East Usambara Mountains in northeastern Tanzania at around 300 m asl. It might occur more widely, as it was confused with Arthroleptis xenodactylus and A. xenodactyloides in the past (Pickersgill 2007).
Habitat and Ecology
It is most common in forest clearing where males call from elevated positions in bracken and brambles. They are less common in the forest itself, perhaps because ground cover is more scarce there. It is not known whether or not it can adapt to completely open habitats. It presumably breeds by direct development, without dependence on water.
There is no information on the population status of this species. Reports of numbers of calling individuals (Pickersgill 2007) require verification given the similarities with Arthroleptis xenodactyloides calls.
The threats to this species are unknown. It is thought that it cannot tolerate full-scale forest clearance, but from the little evidence available, it would appear that this species benefits from a degree of opening up of the forest.
It occurs in the Longuza and Kambai Forest Reserves. Further research is needed on its taxonomy, ecology and threats.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient since there are taxonomic uncertainties surrounding this species and there is still very little known about its extent of occurrence (EOO), area of occupancy (AOO), status, ecological requirements and threats.
It is known from a single adult specimen and further research is needed to determine the taxonomic validity of this species (D. Blackburn pers. comm. May 2012).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Arthroleptis stridens. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T135901A16934557. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T135901A16934557.en .Downloaded on 13 December 2018