This species is known only from Masiliwa in central Tanzania. The exact placement of the type locality is still open to question.
Habitat and Ecology
It is believed to be a fossorial species of open woodland. If it is like other members of the genus, it nests in a burrow in wet soil adjacent to temporary water, into which the larvae move when hatched.
There is no information on the population status of this species, which is known from only from three specimens in one locality. There have been no records since 1929, presumably because of lack of herpetological work within its range.
There is no direct information on threats to this species.
It has not been recorded from any protected areas. Research is needed on the distribution and population status, ecology and threats to this species.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of the absence of recent information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2014. Hemisus brachydactylus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T55278A18362007. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-1.RLTS.T55278A18362007.en .Downloaded on 19 January 2019