This species ranges from eastern Angola, through southern Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Malawi, and western Mozambique. A record from Mahenge in southeastern Tanzania requires confirmation. It is generally associated with upland areas.
Habitat and Ecology
There is little information. It is presumably associated with moist savannah. The males call from the base of grass tussocks in deeply flooded areas. It presumably breeds in flooded grassland and temporary pools. It adaptability to altered habitats is not known.
There is no information on the population status of this species; it is a poorly known species.
It is widely distributed in a region of low human impact, and so it is unlikely to be significantly threatened, except in local situations.
It occurs in several protected areas, including the Upemba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution and its presumed large population.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Ptychadena upembae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58532A18402637. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T58532A18402637.en .Downloaded on 21 January 2019