This species is currently confirmed from the DuToits Mountains in South Africa from below Deception Peak; two specimens from Koeël Mountain at around 980 m Asl have been assigned to this species and included in the range map, but they may represent a distinct species (Channing et al. 2017). Its altitudinal range is 1,635–1,701 m Asl and its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 1,435 km2.
Habitat and Ecology
The species occurs in shallow temporary pools with emergent sedge-like plants in Mountain Fynbos or Grassy Fynbos in the Fynbos Biome (De Villiers 2004). All the species in this genus for which breeding sites have been found appear to breed in large aggregations and egg masses are produced by many females, but the presence of breeding populations is not always consistent (Channing et al. 2017).
There is very little information on the species' population; its overall trend and size are unknown.
Invasive plant species are prolific in the area where this species occurs and, unless managed, may cause population fluctuations.
This species occurs in Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. When inactive, these small toads go largely unnoticed in the environment and assessing presence or absence is expected to be a major impediment to conservation of the species in this genus (Channing et al. 2016).
The distribution of this species is not well understood and seems to be fragmented, but more detailed collecting is required particularly in mountains that separate this species from C. magistratus and C. selenophos.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Newly described species for which too little data exists to assess its status.
High-altitude specimens from the Koeël Mountains may represent cryptic species, but have been provisionally assigned to Capensibufo deceptus by Channing et al. (2017).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group, South African Frog Re-assessment Group (SA-FRoG) 2017. Capensibufo deceptus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T112716175A112716181. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-2.RLTS.T112716175A112716181.en .Downloaded on 20 November 2018