This species in known only from the Nyanga Mountains in eastern Zimbabwe. It presumably occurs in adjacent Mozambique, but there have been no records here, probably because of a lack of herpetological work in this area. It has been found at 2,400-2,560m asl, but probably also occurs at slightly lower elevations.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits montane grassland with exposed bare granite. The animals hide under stones, in cracks in the granite, and in rodent burrows. It breeds in temporary pools, and larvae have been seen moving across wet granite faces.
It is rather cryptic and hard to find, but it seems to be fairly common within its very limited range.
The high-altitude habitat of this species has remained relatively intact up until now, although it might be at increasing risk from wood plantations, overgrazing by livestock, and human settlement.
It occurs in the Nyanga National Park; continued and strengthened mangement of this protected area is needed.
Red List Status
John Poynton, Mills Tandy 2004. Vandijkophrynus inyangae. In: IUCN 2014