This species ranges from northern, central and eastern Angola, through southern Democratic Republic of Congo and the northern half of Zambia to northern Malawi and southern Tanzania (Njombe and Mount Rungwe). Records from Lukwangule in Uluguru Mountains in eastern Tanzania remain to be confirmed. It generally occurs in upland areas, probably over 1,000 m asl, and ranging up to 2,500 m asl in Malawi.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives near streams in open grassland, and in forest patches. It is also found on the edge of plantations and in rural gardens. It presumably breeds by direct development.
It is very common in suitable habitats
It is reasonably adaptable, and is probably not facing any significant threats.
It occurs in a number of protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, its tolerance of a broad range of habitats and its presumed large population.
Poynton (2003) placed this species in the genus Schoutedenella. There are major taxonomic problems with the genera Arthroleptis and Schoutedenella through much of Africa. In many cases, the available names can be referred only to museum specimens, not to animals in the field. This is because the identification of these species frequently depends more on their vocalizations than their morphology.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Arthroleptis xenochirus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T54412A18362572. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T54412A18362572.en .Downloaded on 23 January 2019