This species is known from the southern and eastern Udzungwa Mountains, northern Uluguru Mountains, the Nguu Mountains and the South Nguru Mountains in eastern Tanzania, generally occurring above 900 m asl. It might occur in some other mountains of the Eastern Arc range. Its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 22,841 km2.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits submontane and montane forest, where it is associated with mountain streams. It has not been found in degraded habitats. Its breeding biology is unknown, though it presumably takes place by larval development in small streams.
It is locally abundant within suitable habitat. However due to ongoing decline in the extent and quality of habitat, the population is suspected to be decreasing.
It is adversely affected by the loss of forest habitat for agriculture, logging, and human settlements . Some of the major threats to the amphibians of the South Ngurus are forest loss and degradation as a result of fire, selective logging, encroachment from agricultural land and the removal of the forest shrub and herb layer (Menegon et al., 2008).
It occurs in the Udzungwa National Park, Uluguru North Forest Reserve, Nguru South and Kanga Forest Reserves.
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Listed as Near Threatened because its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 22,841 km2 and the quality and extent of its forest habitat in the Nguu, South Nguru, Uluguru and Udzungwa Mountains is declining, making this species close to qualifying for Vulnerable under criteria B.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Phrynobatrachus uzungwensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T58147A3066456. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T58147A3066456.en .Downloaded on 16 January 2019