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.
It is presumably threatened by the loss of its lowland forest habitat.
It is thought to occur in Korup National Park, though this has not been confirmed.
Jean-Louis Amiet 2004. Leptodactylodon ovatus. In: IUCN 2014