This species is known from Kaieteur National Park to the slopes of Maringma Tepui, Guyana (Kok et al. 2006). It is also present on the slopes of Mt. Wokomung and can be found along the Guyana-Brazil border. It is may be present in adjacent Brazil. It occurs between 150–1,060 m asl (Kok 2010) and its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 3,605 km2 and it is thought to occur in 1-5 threat-defined locations.
Habitat and Ecology
The species has been found mainly in primary and disturbed forest, with one individual found at the edge of the savanna. It is a terrestrial, diurnal species, which is not closely associated with bodies of water. Males call from their territories, and females exhibit parental care (Kok et al. 2006).
The species is considered to be locally abundant (Kok et al. 2006).
The majority of the range occurs within a relatively pristine area of forest. However, gold and diamond mining activities within the boundaries of Kaieteur National Park constitute a threat to the Park's forest ecosystem (Kok et al. 2006). Gold mining is also occurring is the around the base of Wokomung massif and could be affecting the habitat of this species there; no one has been there in recent years, so it is unknown whether it has increased up into higher elevations (P. Kok pers. comm. November 2017).
The species occurs within Kaieteur National Park.
Improved management and protection of the species' habitat is required.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Endangered because its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 3,605 km2, it occurs in fewer than five threat-defined locations, and there is ongoing decline in the extent and quality of habitat.
This species can be differentiated from other similar species by a combination of morphological features, tadpole morphology, advertisement call and ecological traits (Kok et al. 2006).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2018. Anomaloglossus kaiei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T135874A120129553. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-1.RLTS.T135874A120129553.en