This species occurs in the mountains of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo - from the region of the Rwenzori mountains and the mountains west of Lake Edward in Virunga National Park, to those west of Lake Kivu - and the mountains in western Rwanda and north-western Burundi. It is very likely to occur in Uganda, but there are no confirmed records; a specimen from eastern Rwanda (housed in Tervuren) is likely to be incorrect and is not included in the map. It occurs at very high altitudes, from at least 2,400 m asl (perhaps lower) to over 3,000 m asl, and the estimated extent of occurrence (EOO) is 36,287 km2.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in montane forest, grassland and wetlands. It presumably breeds in swamps where it reproduces by larval development.
It was previously abundant at many localities in the 1950s during de Wittes' collections. However, since then very little information on the population status of this species has been collected, but it seems to be common in suitable habitat. Several surveys between 2010-2011 found only a single individual in Nyungwe National Park (M. Menegon pers. comm. July 2014). The population is deemed to be in decline due to ongoing habitat loss.
There is ongoing habitat loss and degradation caused by the expansion of agriculture, grazing of livestock, timber extraction, and expanding human settlements.
It occurs in the Virunga National Park (Democratic Republic of Congo) and the Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda)
Ongoing and improved habitat protection is required.
The distribution of this species within its range still needs to be confirmed at a number of high altitude sites.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern due to its relatively wide distribution and its presumed large population.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Phrynobatrachus bequaerti. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T58097A16942096. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T58097A16942096.en .Downloaded on 23 January 2019