This poorly known species has been recorded only from southern Somalia and southern Ethiopia. It presumably occurs between these two areas, and perhaps more widely, for instance in northeastern Kenya. Its Extent of Occurrence is not much greater than 20,000 km2.
Habitat and Ecology
It is probably a species of open dry savannahs and dry grassland. The single Ethiopian record is from riverine Acacia woodland in a region otherwise dominated by arid savannah. If it is like other members of its genus, it probably breeds in temporary pools and pans. Outside the breeding season it probably lives in subterranean cavities near water.
There is very little information. Only a single (juvenile) specimen has been collected in Ethiopia, so its numerical status in this country remains unknown.
There is little information, but the most likely threat is environmental degradation resulting from human settlement and expansion, with consequently increased populations of domestic livestock.
It is not known from any protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern since, although its Extent of Occurrence is not much greater than 20,000 km2, it occurs in an area of extensive, suitable habitat which appears not to be under threat and it has a presumed large population.
This species was resurrected from the synonymy of Phrynomantis bifasciata by Lanza (1990), where it had been placed by Laurent (1965).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Phrynomantis somalicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T57953A18375469. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T57953A18375469.en