This species is endemic to southeastern Tanzania, where it ranges from Kichi Hills south to the Rondo Plateau, and inland to Mahenge and the Kilombero Valley. It is a low-altitude species, occurring up to 1,000 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a terrestrial species, living in forest and woodland. There is no information on its ability to adapt to secondary habitats. Its breeding behaviour is unknown, but it might breed in puddles in tree roots if like Stephopaedes anotis.
It is a relatively common species.
There is ongoing loss of its habitat due to agricultural encroachment, wood extraction, and human settlement.
It presumably occurs in the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania, but this has not yet been confirmed.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution and its presumed large population.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Mertensophryne loveridgei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T54889A18362171. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T54889A18362171.en .Downloaded on 20 February 2019