This species is known with certainty only from the Tanzanian coast between Dar es Salaam and Tanga, inland to the foothills of the West Usambara Mountains (M. Pickersgill pers. comm.) and from two locations in the Coast Province of Kenya (Zimkus, 2011). There are records from very close to sea-level, up to 429 m asl in the West Usambara footlhills. There is an unconfirmed record from Lake Kenyatta in coastal Kenya (Pickersgill 2007).
Habitat and Ecology
It has been found calling from puddles and pools, occupying areas with denser fringing vegetation than Phrynobatrachus mababiensis. It has also been in sites where dense bush has been cleared for vegetable plots. The little available evidence suggests that it survives well in habitats modified by humans. It breeds in water by larval development.
It is locally abundant, but little information is available, as it has probably been confused with other species.
It is probably an adaptable species that is not facing any significant threats.
It is not known from any protected areas, but might occur in some.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, probable tolerance of a broad range of habitats and its presumed large population.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Phrynobatrachus pallidus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T136170A18394812. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T136170A18394812.en .Downloaded on 11 December 2018