This species is known from a few geographical localities in eastern and northern Democratic Republic of Congo, southwestern Central African Republic, southern Cameroon, Gabon, and southern Congo. It presumably occurs in Equatorial Guinea, and might occur in southeastern Nigeria. It occurs up to at least 1,300 m asl. The map is very approximate, and connects known localities north of the Congo River. However, it is not clear that all records in fact refer to the same species.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in pristine and slightly disturbed lowland and submontane rainforest, but it is likely to be able to sustain populations in secondary forest. It presumably breeds by direct development.
It is a very common species, at least in Gabon.
It is presumably impacted locally by clear felling of rainforest.
It is found in the Virunga National Park (Democratic Republic of Congo), Korup National Park (Cameroon) and presumably occurs in many other protected areas. Taxonomic research is planned and ongoing to help elucidate the identities of biological populations associated with this name.
This is a complex of undescribed species and work on this group is either planned or in progress (Blackburn and Gvozdík unpublished). There are major taxonomic problems with the genus Arthroleptis through much of Africa. In many cases, the available names can be referred only to museum specimens, not to animals in the field. This is because the identification of these species frequently depends more on their vocalizations than their morphology. It is very likely that this name covers more than one species.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Arthroleptis sylvaticus. In: IUCN 2014