This species occurs in the mountains of Tanzania (Mount Meru, Mount Kilimanjaro, West Usambaras, Ulugurus, Rubehos, Udzungwas, Southern Highlands (including Mount Rungwe), and Ufipa Plateau), Malawi (Misuku Hills, Nyika Plateau, Zomba Plateau, Shire Highlands and Mount Mulanje), and northeastern Zambia (Nyika Plateau). It is a montane species, probably generally found above 1,500 m asl, and ranging up to 3,000 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a montane grassland species, and it can be found far from water, except when it is breeding. The males call from flooded grass. The eggs are laid in cluster just above streams underneath dense vegetation. The larvae develop in streams.
It is a common species.
Its montane grassland habitat is threatened in parts of its range due to afforestation, overgrazing, agriculture, human settlement and invasive spread of eucalyptus and other trees, all of which can lead to siltation of its breeding streams.
It occurs in Arusha National Park (Tanzania), Kililmanjaro National Park (Tanzania), Nyika National Park (Malawi), and probably several other protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution and its presumed large population.
Channing and Davenport (2002) synonymized this species with Strongylopus merumontanus, and Channing and Howell (2006) follow this arrangement. However, Poynton (2004) shows that S. merumontanus is a separate species known only from higher elevations on Mount Meru in northern Tanzania.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Strongylopus fuelleborni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58766A18404911. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T58766A18404911.en .Downloaded on 14 December 2018