This species is only known from the eastern slopes of Mount Cameroon, and from Bimbia Hill east of Limbe, in western Cameroon. Its altitudinal range is 200–1,000 m Asl and its EOO is 663 km2.
Habitat and Ecology
This species lives in and around streams and springs in forest, usually sheltering in rocky areas. Most of the known localities are in degraded forest, but it requires dense vegetation in order to survive. Its absence above 1,000 m Asl is probably related to the lack of streams, which it needs to breed by larval development, at high altitudes on Mount Cameroon.
It is abundant at many localities on the eastern slopes of Mount Cameroon. Due to ongoing decline in the extent and quality of habitat, the population is suspected to be decreasing.
Despite its tolerance of secondary vegetation, populations are likely to be threatened by habitat loss due to smallholder farming activities, subsistence wood extraction, and human settlement.
This species has not been recorded in any protected areas.
There is a need for improved habitat protection at sites where the species is known to occur.
Distribution surveys to see if this species occurs elsewhere are needed.
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered because its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 663 km2, it occurs in fewer than five threat-defined locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of habitat.
Following Amiet and Dowsett-Lemaire (2000), Leptodactylodon bueanus is here treated as a separate species from L. albiventris (as opposed to a subspecies of L. albiventris following Amiet (1987)).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2017. Leptodactylodon bueanus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T54431A96289583. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-2.RLTS.T54431A96289583.en .Downloaded on 10 December 2018