This species occurs in the hilly parts of West Africa in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, and Côte d’Ivoire, from near sea level up to 1,400m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is found only in forested hilly country, and lives in or near water, breeding in fast-flowing streams. The eggs are laid on land, and the larvae attach themselves by means of suckers to rocks in waterfalls and rapids.
Although it is patchily distributed, it is very abundant where it occurs, for example on the Freetown Peninsula in Sierra Leone.
It is presumably threatened by the loss of forest habitat due to agricultural development, logging and expanding human settlements. In some places it is also adversely affected by mining activities, for example on the Simandou Range, and on Mount Nimba.
It occurs in a few protected areas, including Mont Sangbe National Park in Côte d’Ivoire.
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Listed as Near Threatened since the species depends on streams in rainforest, and so its Area of Occupancy is probably not much greater than 2,000 km2, and the extent and quality of its habitat is declining, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.
J.L. Amiet (pers. comm.) and Perret (1984) suggest that this species does not belong in the genus Petropedetes.
Mark-Oliver Rödel 2004. Odontobatrachus natator. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58080A11715528. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58080A11715528.en .Downloaded on 11 December 2018