This species is known from Landdroskop (on the Hottentots-Holland Mountains), Groenlandberg Mountain, and Limietberg (part of the Hawekwas Mountains), and Jonaskop (on the Riviersonderend Mountains) in South Africa, from 680 to 1,600 m Asl. Its extent of occurrence (EOO) is estimated at 4,367 km2.
Habitat and Ecology
The species occurs in shallow temporary pools with emergent sedge-like plants in Mountain Fynbos or Grassy Fynbos in the Fynbos Biome (De Villiers 2004). All the species in this genus for which breeding sites have been found appear to breed in large aggregations and egg masses are produced by many females, but the presence of breeding populations is not always consistent: at Landdroskop, for example, breeding took place in the same pool for a number of years, and then moved to a new pool such that over some twenty years of observation, breeding has moved 500 m or more (Channing et al. 2017). There are irregular mountain fires, but some movements take place away from apparently unchanged habitat (Channing et al. 2017). This inconsistent use of known breeding pools, with the difficulty of finding the adults, makes it possible that populations could be thought lost, when they have merely moved to a new site (Channing et al. 2017).
There is very little information on the species' population; its overall trend and size are unknown.
Invasive plant species are prolific in the area where this species occurs and, unless managed, may cause population fluctuations.
This species is known from several protected areas. When inactive, these small toads go largely unnoticed in the environment and assessing presence or absence is expected to be a major impediment to conservation of the species in this genus (Channing et al. 2017).
The distribution of this species is not well understood and seems to be fragmented, but more detailed collecting is required particularly in mountains that separate this species from C. deceptus and C. selenophos (Channing et al. 2017).
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Newly described species for which too little data exists to assess its status.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group, South African Frog Re-assessment Group (SA-FRoG) 2017. Capensibufo magistratus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T112716189A112716195. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-2.RLTS.T112716189A112716195.en