This species is so far known only from Mafinga on the Udzungwa Plateau of southern Tanzania at around 1,600m asl. It can be expected to occur more widely, at least within the Udzungwa Plateau, but as currently mapped its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 49 km2.
Habitat and Ecology
The species has been found in a flooded meadow partially fringed by pine trees. It is probably associated with montane grassland, and presumably breeds by larval development.
There is no information. Several frogs were found calling at its only known locality.
If it is dependent on montane grassland, it could be at risk, as this habitat is being lost to agriculture and tree plantations.
It is not known from any protected areas, though it could occur in the Udzungwa National Park.
Surveys are needed to determine its distribution and population status, ecological requirements and conservation needs.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient because there is still very little known about its extent of occurrence, area of occupancy, status and ecological requirements.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Phrynobatrachus breviceps. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T135737A18392048. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T135737A18392048.en .Downloaded on 23 January 2019