This very poorly known species is known only from its type locality, Luanda, Angola. This does not suggest that the species is not more widespread, but it is currently not known from anywhere else (N. Baptista pers. comm. August 2016).
Habitat and Ecology
Its habitat and ecological preferences are not well known, but are presumably similar to those of other members of the genus, and this species probably likewise breeds in water.
There is no information available on the population status of this species.
The type locality is now an urban area, but at the time of the species description it was undeveloped (N. Baptista pers. comm. August 2016). There is no additional information available on threats to this species.
It is unknown whether it occurs in any protected areas.
Research is needed into the distribution and population status, ecology and threats to this species. Its taxonomic validity needs to be reassessed.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing doubts as to its taxonomic validity as well as absence of recent information on its extent of occurrence (EOO), status and ecological requirements.
The taxonomic validity of this species is uncertain.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group, South African Frog Re-assessment Group (SA-FRoG) 2017. Phrynobatrachus brevipalmatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T58098A77164974. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-2.RLTS.T58098A77164974.en .Downloaded on 23 February 2019