Assuming that this is a valid species, it is known only from the type locality,Town Bush Valley, in Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa.
Habitat and Ecology
There is no information on the habitat and ecology of this species, the only specimen of which was found in a beer bottle at a plant nursery.
It is known only from a single female specimen collected in 1954, and numerous subsequent searches by various herpetologists have failed to find this form again. If it ever existed, it will probably have to be considered extinct.
There is no information on threats to this species.
It is not known from any protected areas.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing doubts as to its taxonomic validity.
This species is apparently an aberrant melanistic colour form of Cacosternum nanum (Scott in press).
Elizabeth Scott, Leslie Minter 2004. Cacosternum poyntoni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T3442A9866560. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T3442A9866560.en .Downloaded on 19 January 2019