This species occurs in arid lowlands from Somalia, through eastern and southern Ethiopia, extreme southeastern South Sudan, to northern and eastern Kenya as far south as the Ngulia Hills in Tsavo West National Park. There is an apparently isolated population in the Awash Valley in central Ethiopia. It is likely to occur in northeastern Uganda.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in very dry savannah where it apparently breeds in temporarily flooded hollows, including roadside ditches, immediately after the beginning of the rains.
It is apparently common at suitable sites, at least in southern Ethiopia.
The main threat is environmental degradation resulting from human expansion and settlement, with consequently increased populations of domestic livestock.
In Ethiopia, it is known from the outskirts of the Awash National Park, and is almost certainly present in the Omo and Mago National Parks. It occurs in the Tsavo West National Park in Kenya, and is probably present in several others. It does not occur in any protected areas in Somalia, and is unlikely to occur in any protected areas in South Sudan.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Poyntonophrynus lughensis. In: IUCN 2014