This species has been recorded from Mount Kenya, the Kinangop Plateau and the highlands around Nairobi, Kenya. Its overall distribution and altitudinal range are still unclear because of confusion with Bufo lonnbergi and Bufo nairobiensis.
Habitat and Ecology
There is no information on its habitat and ecology, although it is apparently a montane forest species that presumably breeds in water.
The population status of this species is unknown.
There is no information on threats to this species.
It might well occur in Mount Kenya and Aberdares National Parks. More work is needed to resolve the taxonomic status of this species and its relatives. Further research is needed into the distribution limits, and population status, ecology, threats, and the use and trade of this species.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainties as to its taxonomic status, extent of occurrence and ecological requirements.
This species was removed from the synonymy of Mertensophryne lonnbergi by Poynton (1997), who also included M. nairobiensis within it. However, we follow Channing and Howell (2006) in giving M. nairobiensis full species status. M. Tandy (pers. comm.) considers both M. mocquardi and M. nairobiensis to be synonyms of M. lonnbergi. More work is needed to resolve the taxonomic status of these species.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2014. Mertensophryne mocquardi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T54712A18371014. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-1.RLTS.T54712A18371014.en