This species occurs in the mountains bordering the Albertine Rift in southwestern Uganda, western and northern Rwanda and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It ranges as far north as Kibale Forest in Uganda. Records from Tanzania are now considered to be doubtful. It is a high-altitude species, descending as low as 1,200 m asl. Its Extent of Occurrence is probably less than 20,000 km2.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a water-dependent species of highland swamps and lakes, often occurring in small and large ponds, very rarely in rivers, and occasionally in streams. It is not a forest species, and it is adaptable, living in high-altitude grassland and agricultural areas, where it does not require shade. However, it is not normally in very open water where fish are present. At the lower elevational limit of its range in the Kibale Forest, where it is rare, it is perhaps more of a forest species.
It is common where it occurs.
It is an adaptable species that is not significantly threatened, although harvesting for human consumption might have a local impact.
It occurs in the Virunga National Park (Democratic Republic of Congo), Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda), Bwindi-Impenetrable National Park (Uganda) and Kibale National Park (Uganda).
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern since, although its Extent of Occurrence is probably less than 20,000 km2, it occurs in an area of extensive, suitable habitat which appears not to be under threat and it has a presumed large population.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Xenopus vestitus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58181A18398076. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T58181A18398076.en .Downloaded on 19 January 2019