This species ranges from eastern Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia to Cameroon, Gabon and western Democratic Republic of Congo. It is also known from Bioko Island (Equatorial Guinea). There do not appear to be records from Congo and the Cabinda Enclave of Angola, but it is likely to occur in these countries. The eastern limit of its distribution is unknown, and it could extend further east.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a species of lowland forest, living mainly underground. It also lives in heavily degraded habitats, including in villages, and close to rice fields. It is viviparous, giving birth to young on land, and is not dependent upon water for breeding.
It is likely to be common in at least some parts of its range. It was recorded as rare at Mount Nlonako.
It is clearly adaptable to habitat modification, and so is unlikely to be very seriously threatened. It occasionally appears in the international pet trade, but this is unlikely to constitute a threat.
It presumably occurs in many protected areas, and has definitely been recorded from Taï National Park and Haute Dodo Classified Forest in Côte d'Ivoire, Korup National Park in Cameroon, and Monte Alen National Park in Equatorial Guinea.
The taxonomy of this genus is in need of revision.
Simon Loader, Mark-Oliver Rödel, Mark Wilkinson 2004. Geotrypetes seraphini. In: IUCN 2014