This species is known only from Uluguru South Forest Reserve, in the Uluguru Mountains in eastern Tanzania. The altitude of this locality is not known, but it is likely to be greater than 2,000 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
There is no information on the habitat and ecology of this species. It could be a species of montane forest, or montane grassland, or possibly high-altitude swamps. The details of its breeding biology are unknown, but it is assumed to be ovoviviparous, like other member of its genus, with internal fertilisation before giving birth to tiny toadlets.
There is no information on its population status as it is known only from a single specimen collected in April 2002.
The threats that this species might face are unknown, although much of Uluguru South Forest Reserve is very remote and faces few threats.
Uluguru South Forest Reserve is the only protected area that this species is known from so far, but this area is not generally managed for biodiversity conservation. Targeted searches are required to determine the distribution of this species. Further research is also needed into the population status, ecology, threats, and use and trade of this species. It is listed on CITES Appendix I.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient since it has only recently been discovered, and there is still very little information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2014. Nectophrynoides laevis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T54840A16949825. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-1.RLTS.T54840A16949825.en .Downloaded on 21 January 2019