This species ranges from southern Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Central African Republic, South Sudan, northern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, and Angola. There is a question of its occurrence in southern Ethiopia (Poynton et al. 2016) and its presence still has to be confirmed but it is presumed to occur in Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, DRC, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi.
Habitat and Ecology
It is an adaptable species of humid savannas, forest edges and degraded forest, extending into drier savannas along rivers. It is also found in agricultural land. It breeds in rivers and streams in savanna areas, and in temporary ponds and ditches, especially in the forest zone.
It is very common in many parts of its range.
Some populations of this species are no doubt affected by environmental degradation, including urban and agricultural development and loss of indigenous forest. However, it is widespread, adaptable and is not considered to be seriously at risk.
It occurs in many protected areas.
Further research is needed on the species distribution, population and taxonomy.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of broad range of habitats and presumed large population.
This species has been resurrected from synonymy with Sclerophrys maculatus by Poynton et al. (2016).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Sclerophrys pusilla. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T84520853A84520903. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T84520853A84520903.en