This species is known from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and southwestern Angola, and from the interior of Tanzania and Kenya. For the most part distributional records have not been separated between this species and Tomopterna cryptotis. The distribution map is therefore incomplete and provisional, based on confirmed records only in South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya but including Botswana, Namibia, Angola and Lesotho in the distribution. There are no definite records from Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland, although it almost certainly occurs in these countries. It occurs from sea level to over 1,800 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a species of dry savannah, bush land and grassland, and it is often found in agricultural areas. It is particularly associated with loose sandy soils where temporary pans form. It breeds in temporary shallow water, ditches, streams and dams, and is commonly found in farm dams.
Its abundance is unclear, due to widespread confusion with related species. However, it is locally abundant in South Africa.
It is an adaptable species that is not facing any significant threats, except in localized situations.
It is likely to be found in many protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its very wide distribution, its tolerance of a broad range of habitats and its presumed large population.
This species is a tetraploid species species that is very similar to, and easily confused with, Tomopterna cryptotis, T. delalandii and T. damarensis (Channing and Bogart 1996; Dawood and Channing 2002).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Tomopterna tandyi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58780A3074393. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T58780A3074393.en .Downloaded on 20 January 2019