This species is endemic to the highlands of Ethiopia, where it occurs widely on both sides of the Rift Valley, but appears to be absent from the northernmost parts of the country. Its altitudinal range is 820-3,800 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It occupies an exceptionally wide variety of habitats, including clearings in both lowland and montane forest, open grassland at moderate to high elevations, and even penetrates well into the Afro-alpine moorland zone. It is, however, clearly intolerant of even mild aridity, and is conspicuously absent from all types of savannah. It breeds in large numbers in inundated land, as well as pools, streamlets and water-filled ditches, both temporary and permanent.
Within its range, it is probably the most common amphibian species in Ethiopia.
Although not generally threatened, certain populations are probably impacted by environmental degradation resulting from human expansion and settlement, with the consequent exploitation of natural resources for both subsistence and commercial purposes.
It occurs in several protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution and presumed large population.
This form might prove to be a complex of several species (Largen 2001).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Ptychadena neumanni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58513A18400526. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T58513A18400526.en .Downloaded on 12 December 2018