This species occurs in the Richtersveld, Bushmanland and Namaqualand regions of the Northern and Western Cape Provinces of western South Africa and adjacent southern Namibia. Its altitudinal range is unclear.
Habitat and Ecology
It is associated with arid rocky areas close to permanent or seasonal water. It breeds in small, spring-fed pools, small shallow seepages, vleis, seasonal streams and rivers, rain-filled depressions, and dams, but not in large perennial rivers.
It is generally not common, but can be locally abundant. Its breeding populations are scattered, presumably due to distribution of suitable habitats.
It is not seriously threatened at present, since its habitat is largely secure. However, water extraction for livestock farming could eliminate local populations in future.
It occurs in several protected areas.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Vandijkophrynus robinsoni. In: IUCN 2014