This species is known only from three localities: Upemba National Park in southern Democratic Republic of Congo; Bwana Mkubwa, south of Ndola in northern Zambia; and Lago Cameia in eastern Angola. It presumably occurs more widely, and the map assumes its occurrence between the three known localities.
Habitat and Ecology
It apparently shows a preference for forest (presumably gallery forest) and woodland. It breeds in water.
There appear to be no recent records of this species, which is only known from a few specimens, presumably because of lack of herpetological work within its range.
There is no direct information, although the habitats within its range are probably reasonably secure.
It occurs in Upemba National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Although this species is known mainly from isolated records from a large area, it is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Alan Channing, Mills Tandy, John Poynton 2013. Mertensophryne melanopleura. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T54706A18370631. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T54706A18370631.en