This species is known only from two localities in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Mauda (the type locality) on the upper reaches of the Ubangi River in the extreme north-east of the country; and Kotili, near Buta, in the northern Congo basin. It presumably occurs more widely.
Habitat and Ecology
It is presumed to be ecologically similar to Hymenochirus boettgeri, and to therefore be a water-dependent species, generally found in still, shaded water in lowland rainforest, and in pools by slow-flowing rivers. It presumably breeds in still waterbodies.
There is little information on this species' population status, but over 400 specimens have been collected at Kotili.
There is no direct information on threats to this species.
No conservation actions are currently known for this species. Its taxonomic status requires clarification. Research is also needed into the population status, ecology and threats to this species.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing doubts about its taxonomic validity, as well as the absence of recent information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
The taxonomic status of this species is not clear.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2014. Hymenochirus boulengeri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T58155A18396794. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-1.RLTS.T58155A18396794.en .Downloaded on 12 December 2018