This species is endemic to Ethiopia, where it is widely distributed in the central and southern parts of the country on both sides of the Rift Valley. It is generally found at 1,300-2,800 m asl, possibly down to 800 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is found amongst herbaceous vegetation or rocks at the swampy margins of lakes, rivers, streams and temporary pools in both moist grassland and forest clearings. It breeds in lake edges, rivers, streams and pools.
It is quite common in Ethiopia wherever suitable habitat is found.
It is likely to be impacted by habitat degradation, especially as a result of agricultural expansion, human settlement and overgrazing by livestock.
It occurs in the Bale Mountains National Park in Ethiopia, and probably in several other protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution and presumed large population.
We follow Largen (2001) in removing Phrynobatrachus scheffleri from the synonymy of this species.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Phrynobatrachus minutus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58126A18394494. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T58126A18394494.en .Downloaded on 20 January 2019