This species is known from the type locality north of the mouth of the Congo River, in northern and western Democratic Republic of the Congo, northeast along the border with Congo as far north as the border with the Central African Republic, and from the Likouala Region, Republic of Congo. The species' distribution on the map includes extreme southern Central African Republic, though there are no records for this country yet. It may occur more widely.
Habitat and Ecology
The two individuals reported from the Congo were found in amplexus in flooded forest (Jackson et al. 2007). It is presumed to be ecologically similar to Hymenochirus boettgeri, in other words, a water-dependent species, generally found in still, shaded water in lowland rainforest, and in pools by slow-flowing rivers.
The population status of this species is unknown. It was recently reported from two specimens in the Republic of Congo (Jackson et al. 2007).
There is no direct information on threats to this species. There is significant trade of this species as a pet, although it is not thought to be a major threat at present.
It is known to occur just outside the borders of the Lac Téle Community Reserve (LTCR) in the Congo, operated by the Wildlife Conservation Society (Jackson et al. 2007). It is likely to occur within the Reserve.
The taxonomic status of this form requires further investigation.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Hymenochirus curtipes. In: IUCN 2013