This species is known only from the type specimen, from Bismarcksburg, Togo. Animals found in the Togo-Volta Highlands of eastern Ghana might possibly be referred to by this name.
Habitat and Ecology
Assuming that the animals in the Togo-Volta Highlands do belong to this species, then it is abundant in secondary habitats, as well as in lowland forests. Like other members of the genus, it presumably breeds by direct development, and is not dependent upon water.
There is no direct information on its population status, and there have been no records in many years, but this is probably largely due to the severe taxonomic problems associated with Arthroleptis species which makes it extremely hard to identify the species in many parts of Africa. However, if the animals in the Togo-Volta Highlands belong to this species, then it is abundant.
There is no direct information on threats to this species, although if the animals in the Togo-Volta Highlands belong to this species, then it is probably not seriously threatened.
It is not known from any protected areas. Taxonomic research is needed to clarify the identity of this taxon.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing doubts as to its taxonomic validity as well as absence of recent information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
There are major taxonomic problems with the genus Arthroleptis through much of Africa. In many cases, the available names can be referred only to museum specimens, not to animals in the field. This is because the identification of these species frequently depends more on their vocalizations than their morphology.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Arthroleptis brevipes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T54367A18366480. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T54367A18366480.en .Downloaded on 19 December 2018