This species ranges from the Nile Valley of central and southern Sudan, south through South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi to Zambia, Malawi, and northern Mozambique. A record from Ujiji in western Tanzania suggests that the species is more widespread in that country. Although there are no records for Zimbabwe, it is included in the species' distribution on the map. Records from Cameroon refer to Phrynobatrachus steindachneri.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in humid savannah, grassland, and rainforest and degraded former forest (farm bush) at medium altitudes in permanently wet sites. It is believed to be able to survive in agricultural land in wet areas. It is particularly associated with flooded grassland, interspersed with reeds, where it presumably breeds.
Although it is patchy in its distribution, at suitable locations populations tend to be large, and it can be locally very abundant.
It is probably an adaptable species that is only facing localized threats.
It occurs in a number of 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.
It is likely that the northern and southern populations belong to separate species.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Phrynobatrachus perpalmatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58133A18395206. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T58133A18395206.en .Downloaded on 11 December 2018