This species occurs in south-central Africa. Its distribution is centred on Zambia, with records from eastern Angola, southern Democratic Republic of Congo, western and southern Malawi and western Mozambique. Records from Tanzania are based on misidentifications, and records from Zimbabwe require confirmation. The representation of this species' distribution on the map includes uncertain projections into unconfirmed countries (Namibia and Zimbabwe).
Habitat and Ecology
It is a fossorial species associated with sandy soils in savannah woodland, shrubland and grassland. There is no information on its adaptability to secondary habitats. It breeds by direct development, and is not associated with water.
It is locally a very common species.
It is unlikely to be threatened, since it occurs in a region where natural habitats are largely intact.
It occurs in many 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. Breviceps poweri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T57718A18362273. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T57718A18362273.en .Downloaded on 20 January 2019