This species is known only from Upemba National Park in southern Democratic Republic of Congo, although it might occur more widely. It has been recorded from 960-1,300 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
There is no information on this species' habitat and ecology, but it is presumably a savannah species that breeds by larval development in waterbodies.
There is no information on its population status. There have been no recent records, presumably due to lack of herpetological work within its range.
There is no direct information on threats to it.
The only protected area in which it is known to occur is Upemba National Park. Further research is needed into the distribution and population status, ecology, threats, and use and trade of this species.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Defficient in view of the absence of recent information on its status and ecological requirements.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2014. Mertensophryne schmidti. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T54754A18367164. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-1.RLTS.T54754A18367164.en .Downloaded on 19 January 2019