This species ranges from the Weza Forest in KwaZulu-Natal northwards along the foothills of the Drakensberg mountain range in South Africa. Isolated populations exist further to the east in Qudeni Forest, Entumeni Nature Reserve, and Ngome Forest Reserve, and along the southern boundary of Mpumalanga Province. It has an extent of occurrence (EOO) estimated to be 6,800 km2, and an area of occupancy (AOO) assumed to be about 10% of the EOO based on the species' use of habitat. It occurs from low altitudes up to 2,000 m asl. It might occur in Lesotho, but it has not so far been found there.
Habitat and Ecology
At lower altitudes it inhabits mist-belt forest, and at higher altitudes up to 2,000 m asl it occurs in montane grassland. This species appears to be quite sensitive to habitat degradation. It breeds in quiet pools in clear streams. The eggs are laid on vegetation dangling into the water or on rocks, and the larvae develop in the water.
This species can be abundant at sites where it occurs.
This species is threatened by afforestation, and by the introduction of exotic trout that prey on the larvae. However, these threats are currently thought not to be intense and are being well managed within the protected areas in which this species occurs.
No conservation actions are currently prioritized for this species. This species does occurs in a few protected areas (such as Entumeni Nature Reserve and Ngome Forest Reserve).
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern as it is widespread and common and has good populations in the Drakensberg. Known breeding sites are all active.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Strongylopus wageri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58773A18405228. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T58773A18405228.en .Downloaded on 13 December 2018