This species is endemic to southwestern South Africa. There are two subspecies: Breviceps rosei rosei occurs on the west coast of Western Cape Province, and on Robben Island; Breviceps r. vansoni occurs on the south coast of Western Cape Province. Its Extent of Occurrence is probably less than 20,000 km2.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in sandy soils in coastal thickets, including on vegetated dunes, and also inland in a few places in fynbos heathland. It is reasonably adaptable, and survives in some modified habitats. It breeds by direct development, and is not associated with water.
It is a locally abundant species.
It is no doubt impacted in some places by coastal development and by the spread of alien vegetation and agriculture. But overall, it is adaptable and is not significantly at risk.
It occurs in several protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern since, although its Extent of Occurrence is probably less than 20,000 km2, it is common and adaptable with a presumed large population.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Breviceps rosei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T57719A3062565. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T57719A3062565.en .Downloaded on 20 February 2019