This species is almost entirely restricted to the mountain ranges of the Western Cape Province of South Africa, extending north as far as Hoogvertoon in the Cederberg, and from the Cape Peninsula east as far as Witelsbos Forest Reserve in the Tsitsikamma Mountains, in the Eastern Cape Province. It occurs up to 1,670 m asl. Its Extent of Occurrence is probably not much greater than 20,000 km2.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits mountain fynbos heath land and it is sometimes found on the margins of forest. It breeds during the winter in shallow, seasonal, well-vegetated marshy areas and seepages in high rainfall areas. The eggs are laid out of water on waterlogged earth. Once they have developed to a certain stage the rains sweep them down to streams where the larvae complete their development.
It is quite a common species.
The main threats are the spread of invasive alien vegetation, afforestation, fires taking place too frequently, and urban development in certain coastal areas. However, most of its range is in protected areas, and it is not believed to be significantly threatened.
Most of its range is within protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern since, although its Extent of Occurrence is probably not much greater than 20,000 km2, it occurs in an area of extensive, suitable habitat which appears not to be under serious threat and it has a presumed large population.
Earlier literature refers to this species as Rana fasciata montana.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Strongylopus bonaespei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58764A3073063. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T58764A3073063.en .Downloaded on 21 February 2019