This species is endemic to the highlands of central Ethiopia west of the Rift Valley, and southern Ethiopia east of the Rift Valley, occurring at 2,500-3,100 m asl. It is probably more widespread than current records suggest. Its Extent of Occurrence is probably not much greater than 20,000 km2.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a species of montane grassland and occasionally forest-edge habitats. It is also found in disturbed habitats, for example around Addis Ababa. It breeds in permanent pools, temporary rain-fed pools and flooded fields in montane grassland.
It is locally common in suitable habitat, and can sometimes be found in large numbers.
The main threats are associated with environmental degradation resulting from human expansion and settlement, with the consequent exploitation of natural resources for both subsistence and commercial purposes.
It occurs in the Bale Mountains National Park.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern since, although its Extent of Occurrence is probably not much greater than 20,000 km2, it is common and adaptable with a presumed large population.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Ptychadena cooperi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58498A18399600. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T58498A18399600.en .Downloaded on 20 January 2019