This species was previously known only from the Ruwenzori Mountains in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and southwestern Uganda, at 700–2,500 m Asl. Its range has been expanded southward in Uganda to the Queen Elizabeth National Park and in the DRC on the Itombwe and Kabobo Plateaux where it has been recorded between 1,700–2,300 (Channing et al. 2016, Larson et al. 2016).
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in and around streams, in which it breeds, in submontane and montane rainforests. It reproduces in the dry season and the tadpole is adapted to inhabit streams (S. Lötters pers. comm. June 2012). It is not known if it can withstand habitat disturbance.
There is little information on the species' population, however it was noted as being fairly common in the Ruwenzoris in 2005 (S. Lötters pers. comm. June 2012). Due on ongoing decline in the quality and extent of its habitat across its range, it is would be expected to be declining in some areas.
There is ongoing decline in the quality and extent of the species habitat due to the effects of expanding human settlements, wood collection and logging, the expansion of agriculture including livestock encroachment, and there is artisanal mining taking place in some of the intervening areas where the species is suspected to occur.
It occurs in Virunga and Ruwenzori National Parks, the Itombwe Nature Reserve, and the new Kabobo Natural Reserve (created in December 2016).
More information is needed on this species' distribution, population status, natural history and threats.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution and presumed large population.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2017. Amietia ruwenzorica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T58189A113483809. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-2.RLTS.T58189A113483809.en .Downloaded on 19 January 2019