This species is found in northeastern Somalia from the localities of Xiroro, Kalabeir and Buq village in Bari region (Zimkus and Larson 2011). The full extent of its range is unclear, and additional specimens are required to see if distribution extends into southern Somalia (Zimkus and Larson 2011). Its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 38,924 km2.
Habitat and Ecology
This species is found in savannah habitats, and they require at least temporary pools (S. Loader pers. comm., December 2015). Its breeding biology is unknown, but it is presumed that it will breed by aquatic development similar to its congeners.
There is very little population information known about this species, only that it is known from eight specimens (Zimkus and Larson 2011).
This species is threatened by agricultural expansion and habitat destruction.
This species range overlaps with some protected areas in Somalia.
Research is required to determine the full distribution of this species.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern due to its large extent of occurrence and wide distribution in Somalia, and its presumed large population.
This species was removed from the synonymy of Tomopterna cryptosis based on molecular and morphology data (Zimkus and Larson 2011).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Tomopterna elegans. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T21136102A21136105. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T21136102A21136105.en .Downloaded on 18 February 2019