This species, which is endemic to South Africa, is known mainly from the Eastern Cape Province east to Umtata in the former Transkei, with a few records from the Western Cape Province. It is mainly found quite close to the coast, but it ranges inland to Grahamstown, Kei Road, Stutterheim and Amatola Mountains. It is generally below 1,000 m asl, but ranges up to 1,500 m asl in a few places.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a species of grassy, open bushveld areas, and also thickets and agricultural areas. It breeds in large, permanent, usually deep pools, and calls from floating vegetation.
It is locally abundant, although populations declined in some areas due to habitat loss.
It is probably being impacted by habitat fragmentation as a result of urban and agricultural development. Significant numbers of animals are also killed on roads.
It occurs in several protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Amietophrynus pardalis. In: IUCN 2014