This species is known only from the Uluguru Nature Reserve on the eastern slopes of the northern part of the Uluguru Mountains, eastern Tanzania, where it occurs at 1,080-1,345 m asl. It appears to have a very restricted distribution in one threat-defined location with an estimated extent of occurrence (EOO) and maximum possible area of occupancy (AOO) of 39 km²
Habitat and Ecology
It is only known from montane rainforest. The species' breeding biology is unknown, but it is assumed to be ovoviviparous like other member of its genus, with internal fertilization, giving birth to tiny toadlets.
The species was collected in 1996, 2000, and 2012, but no information on abundance or the population status is available.
Historically, the submontane forest on the eastern slopes of the Uluguru Mountains was extensively cleared, mainly due to agricultural encroachment, wood extraction, and expanding human settlements. These activities are ongoing because there of insufficient levels of enforcement, but at a reduced rate.
This species occurs in the Uluguru North Forest Reserve, which gives it a certain level of protection, but it is still threatened by habitat loss. It is listed on CITES Appendix I. Research is needed on population size, status, distribution and natural history of this species.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2015. Nectophrynoides pseudotornieri. In: IUCN 2014