This species is confined to the upper Guinea forest zone of West Africa in Sierra Leone, southern Guinea, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire and south-western Ghana. It probably occurs up to at least 1,000m asl, and perhaps even higher.
Habitat and Ecology
It is found only in forest, mostly in primary but sometimes also in secondary forest, and is usually associated with swampy areas, breeding in small forest streams.
It is a very common species in suitable habitats.
It is adversely affected by the loss of forest habitat due to agricultural development, logging and expanding human settlements. Some populations might also be affected by mining activities.
It occurs in Taï National Park (Côte d’Ivoire), the Mount Nimba World Heritage Site (Guinea, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire), Kakoum National Park (Ghana), and in several other protected areas.
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Listed as Near Threatened since although this species is still relatively widely distributed, it depends on areas of reasonably undisturbed forest habitat, 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.
This species is sometimes included in the genus Cardioglossa in the family Arthroleptidae, but it apparently belongs in the genus Phrynobatrachus in the family Petropeditidae (M.-O. Rödel pers. comm.).
Mark-Oliver Rödel, Arne Schiøtz 2004. Phrynobatrachus liberiensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58123A11735412. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58123A11735412.en .Downloaded on 10 December 2018