This species is known only from three general areas: Mount Nimba in western Côte d’Ivoire; Taï National Park and Haute Dodo Classified Forest in south-western Côte d’Ivoire; and Bobiri Forest Reserve in south-western Ghana. It presumably also occurs in Liberia and Guinea, but there have not yet been any records.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a species of forest edge habitats, not being found in the forest interior, but nor is it found in heavily degraded habitats outside forest (such as farm bush). It is typically found along forest roads and in tree-fall gaps. It breeds in small temporary ponds and puddles, with the eggs being laid either on leaves above water, or directly in the water.
It is not common, but it is very hard to find and so is perhaps under-recorded.
It is probably losing much of its habitat as a result of agricultural encroachment, expanding human settlements, and logging.
It is present in Taï National Park and Haute Dodo Classified Forest (Côte d’Ivoire) and in Bobiri Forest Reserve (Ghana).
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Listed as Near Threatened since although this species will probably prove to be relatively widely distributed, it depends on areas forest edge habitat habitat surviving, 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.
Schiøtz (1999) noted that the name vibekensis is grammatically incorrect, and proposed that it be changed to vibekae. However, according to Frost (AMNH website), this is an unjustified emendation.
Arne Schiøtz, Mark-Oliver Rödel 2004. Afrixalus vibekensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T56083A11409842. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T56083A11409842.en .Downloaded on 21 February 2019