Leptodactylodon ovatus
family: Arthroleptidae

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Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Cameroon, Nigeria

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Near Threatened (NT)
See IUCN account.
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None


From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species occurs in extreme eastern Nigeria and western Cameroon, below 800m asl. Two subspecies are known: the nominate form occurs in the westernmost part of the range (including Nigeria); L. o. orientalis occurs in the east. The ranges of the two subspecies are probably separated around Mount Kupe.

Habitat and Ecology

It lives in lowland forest, requiring forest with a continuous canopy, and is not found in degraded forest. It breeds in slow-flowing streams and tiny watercourses in the forest. The males call from holes and cracks in rocks.


This is a common species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

It is presumably threatened by the loss of its lowland forest habitat.

Conservation Actions

It is thought to occur in Korup National Park, though this has not been confirmed.


Jean-Louis Amiet 2004. Leptodactylodon ovatus. In: IUCN 2014


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