This species is known only from highland areas of western Cameroon, in particular from Mount Manenguba and the Bamileke and Bamenda Plateaus. Specific localities include Mount Manenguba (1,900m asl), the Mifi-Noun River near Galim (1,100m asl), Mbouda (1,400m asl), Tadu (near Mount Oku), Ber, Nkoutoupi, Nchoupa, and Bangourain. It is probable that specimens from Manengole (600-700m asl) and Bangwa (1,400-1,500m asl) belong to this species.
Habitat and Ecology
It is water-dependent and has been found in a shallow crater lake overgrown with grass, in a swamp, and in artificial fishponds, generally in areas of montane grassland and pastureland. It breeds in still water, and migrates for short distances over land outside the breeding season.
It is a poorly known species, but it has been found to be abundant at least on Mount Manenguba and at Galim. It is probably generally abundant in the Cameroonian highlands.
It is harvested locally, and some of its habitats might be under threat from expanding agriculture, overgrazing by livestock, and human settlements. However, it does appear to be capable of colonising artificial habitats, and it can co-exist with at least some introduced fish species.
It is not known to occur in any protected areas.
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
This species is a tetraploid species (Kobel et al. 1980).
Richard Tinsley, John Measey 2004. Xenopus amieti. In: IUCN 2014