This species is known only from Upemba National Park and Lake Mweru in southern Democratic Republic of Congo, and from Lake Meru Wantipa in north-eastern Zambia. Its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 43,112 km2.
Habitat and Ecology
It is presumably a species of savanna woodlands. Assuming that its biology is similar to that of other members of its genus, the eggs are laid in subterranean nests in which the larvae hatch, and from where they subsequently move into permanent and temporary water bodies to develop.
The population status of this species is unknown. There do not appear to have been any recent records, presumably due to lack of herpetological fieldwork within its range.
There is no direct information available on threats to this species. Much of its known range is inside protected areas, though the level of protection is weak.
This species occurs in Upemba National Park (Democratic Republic of Congo) and Mweru Wantipa National Park (Zambia).
The level of protection in these protected areas is weak and could do with improvement.
More research is needed into this species' distribution, population status, ecology and threats.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of the absence of recent information on its population status, habitats, ecological requirements and threats.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Hemisus wittei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T55285A77160649. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T55285A77160649.en .Downloaded on 18 November 2018