This species occurs from extreme southern Somalia (M. Tandy pers. comm.), central and southern Kenya, though Tanzania, southern Democratic Republic of Congo, and Angola, south to northern Namibia, northern central and eastern South Africa. It occurs on the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba (Tanzania). The boundary between this species and Bufo regularis in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania is poorly understood, and the map should be regarded as provisional. It is introduced on Reunion (to France) and Mauritius. Records from southeastern Uganda might refer to Bufo regularis and therefore require confirmation. It ranges from sea level up to at least 1,900 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a very adaptable species occurring in a wide variety of savannahs, grassland, thickets, and agricultural land. It is able to breed in more or less permanent and semi-permanent standing water. It breeds frequently in garden pools.
It is a very common species. It appears to be spreading in South Africa, perhaps at the expense of Bufo rangeri.
It is a very adaptable species that is unlikely to be facing any significant threats.
It occurs in many protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats 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 gutturalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T54659A107346817. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T54659A107346817.en