This species is known from North Kinangop Plateau, Kenya, at 2,434 m asl. It has so far been found only near Murungaru village; however, it is a cryptic species, thus it may occur more widely e.g., the higher Aberdare Mountains (Channing and Schmitz 2008).
Habitat and Ecology
This species occurs in grassland or montane grassland (A. Channing pers. comm. March 2010). It can be found in shallow water in temporary pools and at the base of emergent vegetation (Channing and Schmitz 2008). It is thought to breed in water.
No population status information is currently available for this species.
There appears to be no obvious threat to this species; the type specimen was found in a disused quarry (A. Channing pers. comm. March 2010).
No conservation actions are currently known for this species. More information is needed on this species' distribution, population status and natural history.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern because, even though it is currently known from the North Kinangop Plateau, is it thought to occur more widely, and because there are presently no major threats known to its population.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Cacosternum kinangopensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T176286A18404245. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T176286A18404245.en .Downloaded on 23 February 2019