This species occurs in the mountains bordering the Albertine Rift in southwestern Uganda, western Rwanda and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It ranges as far north as Kibale Forest in Uganda. It probably occurs in northwestern Burundi, and this is included in the species' distribution on the map. It is known to occur from 1,200 up to 2,300 m asl. Its Extent of Occurrence is probably less than 20,000 km2.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a water-dependent species of highland swamps and lake margins, often occurring in small and large ponds, ditches and streams. It is a very adaptable species, found in both forest and in high-altitude grassland and agricultural areas, where it does not require shade. It is replaced by Xenopus pygmaeus in lowland forest.
It is a very abundant species.
It is an adaptable species that is not significantly threatened, although harvesting for human consumption might have a local impact.
It occurs in the Virunga National Park (Democratic Republic of Congo), Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda), Bwindi-Impenetrable National Park (Uganda) and Kibale National Park (Uganda).
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern since, although its Extent of Occurrence is probably less than 20,000 km2, it occurs in an area of extensive, suitable habitat which appears not to be under threat and it has a presumed large population.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Xenopus wittei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58182A18398471. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T58182A18398471.en .Downloaded on 14 December 2018