This species is restricted to the southwestern Cape in South Africa, ranging from near Humansdorp in the east along the coastal flats and Cape Fold Mountains to Nieuwoudtville in the west. It occurs from sea level up to 1,500 m asl. There are very few recent records from the eastern part of its range, and there might be genuine gaps in its distribution not reflected in the map.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a species of fynbos heathland, surviving to some extent in agricultural areas. It breeds in temporary depressions in sandy areas, and also in clay soils.
It has disappeared from certain sites where it used to be common around Cape Town and Stellenbosch, but it is probably more stable and common through most of its range. It is thinly spread, and is rarely encountered in the eastern part of its distribution, probably due to limited habitat, but large-scale emergences have been observed.
The main threats are continuing coastal development, the impacts of alien plants on its habitat, and wetland drainage for urbanization and agriculture.
It occurs in several protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification and its presumed large population.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Vandijkophrynus angusticeps. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T54573A3016485. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T54573A3016485.en .Downloaded on 18 November 2018