This species ranges from southern Gabon, Congo, Angola and extreme northern Namibia, east to southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, extreme western Zimbabwe and northern Botswana. Records from Tanzania require confirmation.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a water-dependent species occurring in a very wide range of habitats, including heavily modified anthropogenic habitats. It lives in all sorts of waterbodies, including streams, but tends to avoid large rivers, and waterbodies with predatory fish. It reaches its highest densities in eutrophic water. It breeds in water; there are no records of it breeding in flowing water. It has very high reproductive potential. It is a highly opportunistic species, and colonizes newly recreated, apparently isolated, waterbodies with ease. It can migrate in large numbers when breeding ponds start to dry up, and the weather is wet.
It is an extremely abundant species.
It is very successful and adaptable, and is invasive in many areas.
It occurs in several 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.
This species is part of a complex of poorly understood species closely related to Xenopus laevis.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Xenopus petersii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58178A3067653. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T58178A3067653.en .Downloaded on 12 December 2018