This species is known only from the highlands of southwestern Ethiopia, at altitudes of 1,500-2,200 m asl. It is unlikely to occur more widely (A. Mengistu and S. Loader pers. comm. June 2012). Its range, here taken as a proxy for extent of occurrence (EOO), is estimated to be 41,589 km2.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in dense, tropical deciduous forest, and has also been found in marginally degraded habitats, suggesting a moderate degree of tolerance to habitat disturbance (Largen 2001; A. Mengistu and S. Loader pers. comm. June 2012). It breeds by larval development in pools and small streams, both permanent and temporary. The eggs are laid in nests on land, not far from water.
It is still locally common at suitable sites within its range (Largen 2001; A. Mengistu and S. Loader pers. comm. June 2012). Its population is not considered to be severely fragmented.
The main threat is habitat loss due to forest clearance, human settlement, and small and large-scale agricultural encroachment. Chytrid fungus occurs in high prevalence in amphibians in highland Ethiopia and has been detected on this species, although its impact is not known (Gower et al. 2012).
It is found in the UNESCO-MAB Kafa Biosphere Reserve (S. Loader pers. comm. October 2012). Additional protection of remaining montane forest habitats from subsistence exploitation is required. More information is needed on this species' distribution, population status and natural history, as well as on the potential impact of chytrid fungus.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern because its extent of occurrence (EOO) is estimated to be 41,589 km2, it is presumed to have a large population, there is no indication of a population decline although the impacts of chytrid fungus may need monitoring, and it is moderately tolerant of habitat disturbance in the highlands of Ethiopia.
Based on molecular data, Leptopelis vannutellii is confirmed to occur in the Gughe Mountains (A. Mengistu and S. Loader pers. comm. June 2012).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group, 2013. Leptopelis vannutellii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T56283A16948184. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-1.RLTS.T56283A16948184.en .Downloaded on 15 February 2019