This species occurs in Eritrea, Djibouti and northern Somalia, and from two localities in adjacent northeastern Ethiopia.
Habitat and Ecology
It is particularly associated with permanent water in arid rocky habitats. It is apparently never found far from the shallow pools in which it breeds. The animals are particularly encountered swimming actively, sheltering amongst aquatic vegetation, or resting beneath stones near the water margin.
It is possibly locally common, but seems to exist in scattered and rather isolated populations, probably owing to the limited availability of suitable habitat in parts of its range.
The most likely threat is the increase in human expansion and settlement, with the resulting increase in populations of domestic livestock impacting breeding pools.
It is not known from any protected areas in Ethiopia or Somalia, and probably not elsewhere.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution and its presumed large population.
This species was under the generic name Bufo, 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 blanfordii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T54589A107343876. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T54589A107343876.en