This species occurs in extreme eastern Nigeria and western Cameroon, below 800m asl. Two subspecies are known: the nominate form occurs in the westernmost part of the range (including Nigeria); L. o. orientalis occurs in the east. The ranges of the two subspecies are probably separated around Mount Kupe.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in lowland forest, requiring forest with a continuous canopy, and is not found in degraded forest. It breeds in slow-flowing streams and tiny watercourses in the forest. The males call from holes and cracks in rocks.
This is a common species.
It is presumably threatened by the loss of its lowland forest habitat.
It is thought to occur in Korup National Park, though this has not been confirmed.
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Jean-Louis Amiet 2004. Leptodactylodon ovatus. In: IUCN 2014