Cardioglossa leucomystax
family: Arthroleptidae

© 2006 Vaclav Gvozdik (1 of 14)
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Cameroon, Congo, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Cote d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species occurs in Guinea, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, and from western Nigeria east to northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, south to southwestern Congo. There are records from central and southern Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and southwestern Central African Republic. It is presumed to occur in the Cabinda Enclave of Angola.

Habitat and Ecology

In Central Africa it lives in most lowland and lower montane forest, including secondary forest and heavily degraded habitats. In West Africa they are found only in primary forest. It is usually associated with the edges of steams with margins of small stones and sand. They breed in streams and the males call in groups from among rocks in dense vegetation near streams.


It is a very common species, especially in central Gabon.

Population Trend


Major Threats

It is presumably affected to some extent by ongoing habitat loss.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in the Virunga National Park (Democratic Republic of Congo), Korup National Park (Cameroon), and presumably in a number of other protected areas.

Taxonomic Notes

This form is probably a complex of at least two species (M.-O. Rödel pers. comm.).


Arne Schiøtz, Jean-Louis Amiet, Marius Burger, Mark-Oliver Rödel 2004. Cardioglossa leucomystax. In: IUCN 2014


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