This species has been recorded from the isolated massifs of the East Usambara Mountains, Uluguru Mountains, and South Nguru Mountains in Tanzania (Loader et al. 2015) between 900-1,000 m asl. Its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 14,774 km² and it is thought to occur in two-threat defined locations.
Habitat and Ecology
This is an arboreal species occurring in submontane rainforest. It breeds by larval development in seasonal and permanent pools.
It appears to be common at known localities. Due to ongoing habitat loss, the species' population is suspected to be decreasing.
There is continuing loss of forest habitat across its range due to the expansion of agriculture, wood extraction, and human settlements.
The species occurs in the Amani, Uluguru, Nilo, and Mkingu Nature Reserves, where it is afforded a certain level of protection.
Due to ongoing threats, continued and improved protection of its habitat both in and outside of protected areas is required.
Further research is required on the species population size, distribution and trends.
Red List Status
Listed as Vulnerable because its extent of occurrence (EOO) is limited to 14,774 km2, it occurs in two threat-defined locations, and there is ongoing loss in the quality and extent of its habitat in eastern Tanzania.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Hyperolius burgessi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T69119678A69121201. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T69119678A69121201.en .Downloaded on 11 December 2018