This species occurs in the highlands of Ethiopia (on both sides of the Rift Valley) and Eritrea. It is known with certainty only between 1,875 and 3,000 m asl. Records down to 200 m asl in Eritrea and 600 m asl in southeastern Ethiopia require confirmation.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a species of montane grassland. There is some suggestion that the species might extend into arid savannah at lower elevations, but this requires confirmation. It breeds in permanent and probably also temporary pools (including in artificially maintained livestock-watering sites) in montane grassland.
It is a locally common species.
Populations of this species are presumably impacted by environmental degradation due to human settlement and agricultural encroachment. However, this species is probably adaptable, and its habitat is not declining very rapidly, and so it is unlikely to be seriously at risk.
It is not known from any protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution and its presumed large population.
This species was under the generic name Amietophrynus but is now treated under Sclerophrys (Frost 2016).
This is an amended assessment created to account for the change in generic name.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Sclerophrys asmarae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T54578A107343691. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T54578A107343691.en