This species occurs in southeastern Tanzania from the Uluguru Mountains, southwest to Mount Rungwe and Songea, and southeast to Nchingidi. It occurs at both low and high altitudes up to 1,600 m asl, perhaps more.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in lowland and submontane forest and miombo woodland, where it burrows into logs in dry season. It is not known whether or not it can tolerate any degradation of its habitat. Its breeding requirements are unknown, though it is presumed to be by direct development.
It is irregular in occurrence, but this is probably because it is overlooked because of its very secretive habits.
Because the ecological requirements of this species are so poorly known, it is not possible to assess its threats.
It almost certainly occurs in the Selous Game Reserve, and possibly in the Udzungwa National Park, but records are lacking.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its reasonably wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats and its presumed large population.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Spelaeophryne methneri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58004A18373903. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T58004A18373903.en .Downloaded on 21 February 2019