This species ranges from northeastern Tanzania (in the foothills of the East Usambara Mountains), south through eastern Tanzania to southeastern Malawi. It occurs up to at least 650 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a species of woodland, thicket, dry forest and farmland, often in sandy areas. It has also been found on rocky outcrops. It can tolerate areas of low-intensity cultivation. Its breeding unknown, but it is presumably in water, either in streams or ponds. It is most often found after heavy rain.
It appears to be an uncommon species, but it is difficult to detect, and might be overlooked.
It is probably impacted by the intensification of agriculture and expanding human settlements.
It presumably occurs in the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania, but this has not yet been confirmed. It is likely to occur in several other protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats and its presumed large population.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Mertensophryne lindneri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T54692A18371654. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T54692A18371654.en .Downloaded on 19 January 2019