This species is currently only known from the KwaZulu-Natal midlands in South Africa, but it is expected to have a wide distribution (Channing et al. 2013).
Habitat and Ecology
The specimens were found in flat open terrain with shallow pools and flooded grassy patches (Channing et al. 2013). It breeds in temporary pools with abundant vegetation (Channing et al. 2013).
It is considered a widespread and common species.
Its temporary breeding pools are threatened by draining due to agriculture.
No conservation actions are currently in place for this species. It likely occurs in several protected areas across its range.
Studies on its population size, distribution and trends, life history and ecology, and threats are needed.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern due to its wide distibution and presumed large population. However, being a recently described species, further researches need to be carried out concerning its population trends, life history and ecology and threats.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group, South African Frog Re-assessment Group (SA-FRoG) 2017. Cacosternum rhythmum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T76317544A76317880. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-2.RLTS.T76317544A76317880.en .Downloaded on 10 December 2018