This species occurs mainly in upland areas of Angola, Botswana, Zambia, northern and eastern Zimbabwe, southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, and southern Tanzania. Records from Uganda (Kibale Forest-Vonesh (2001), Bwindi Impenetrable Forest-Drewes and Vindum (1994), and Kampala-M. Pickersgill (pers. comm.)) are currently assigned to this species (though they might refer to Phrynobatrachus mababiensis), and are mapped here disjunctive from the main distribution. It is likely to occur in the Caprivi Strip of Namibia, and in northern Mozambique, and these areas are included in the species' distribution on the map, however there do not appear to be any records from these countries. Most records are probably from over 1,000 m asl, and it probably occurs up to over 2,000 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a species of humid savannahs and grassland, including montane grassland, sometimes penetrating montane forest. It survives well in agricultural land, including in rice paddies. It breeds in grassy pools, puddles and marshes.
It is abundant in suitable habitats.
It is an adaptable species that is not facing any significant threats.
It occurs in many protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, its tolerance of a broad range of habitats and its presumed large population.
The taxonomic status of this species in relation to Phrynobatrachus mababiensis and P. ukingensis requires clarification (Poynton and Broadley 1985b).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Phrynobatrachus parvulus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58132A18395040. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T58132A18395040.en .Downloaded on 13 December 2018