This species ranges from southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (in the vicinity of Upemba National Park), east to southern and central Tanzania (as far as the Udzungwa Mountains), south to Kasungu in central Malawi (M. Pickersgill pers. comm.). It has not been recorded from northeastern Zambia but presumably occurs in this country, and it is included in the species' distribution on the map. Most records are probably from above 1,000 m asl, and it probably occurs up to 2,000 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a species of miombo woodland savannahs, and open grassland, including montane grassland. It is particularly associated with grassy pools, puddles and marshes where it presumably breeds. It is likely to be able to adapt to altered habitats, although data are lacking.
It is a common species in suitable habitats.
There is very little information, but it is unlikely to facing anything other than localized threats.
It occurs in the Upemba National Park (Democratic Republic of Congo), and presumably in several other protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Although this species is known mainly from isolated records from a large area, it is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats and its presumed large population.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Phrynobatrachus rungwensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58138A18395617. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T58138A18395617.en .Downloaded on 20 February 2019