This species is known from Mtunzini in KwaZulu-Natal, south-eastern South Africa, north through Swaziland along the Lebombo Mountains to Komatipoort in Mpumalanga Province, in eastern South Africa. It has a relatively large Extent of Occurrence (12,700 km²) and Area of Occupancy estimated at 3% of its Extent of Occurrence (381 km²). It is a lowland species (0-350 m asl) occurring in flat and hilly areas.
Habitat and Ecology
This is a species of coastal and dune forest, and dry woodland savannah, which is not found in altered habitats. It presumably breeds by development occurring directly in subterranean nests.
It appears to be a fairly common species.
Afforestation, sugar farming and subsistence agriculture are localized threats in parts of its large range.
Despite threats, including sugar farming, afforestation and agriculture, this species is not seen as having a high priority for conservation research or other actions in view of its large Extent of Occurrence. It also occurs in Mlawula Nature Reserve in Swaziland, and in Greater Saint Lucia Wetlands National Park, Hluhluwe Game Reserve and Mkuze Game Reserve in South Africa.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
This species is considered Least Concern due to the large extent of its occurrence and the wide range of habitats it occupies.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Breviceps sopranus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T57720A18362405. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T57720A18362405.en .Downloaded on 10 December 2018