This species has been recorded from southern and southwestern Cameroon below 800 m, with a possible discontinuity in the general region of the Sanaga River. It has also been recorded from Monte Alen in Equatorial Guinea and from southwestern Gabon (M. Burger, pers comm.) and it presumably occurs widely in these two countries, and probably elsewhere, for example in northern Congo. Although the species' presence in Congo hasn't been confirmed, the distribution on the map does include Congo. However, the species is curiously patchy in its distribution, and is often absent from apparently suitable habitat within its general range.
Habitat and Ecology
It is associated with narrow streams in forests, over which there is a continuous canopy. It favours well aerated, flowing water, but avoids torrents. Males call close to slow-flowing streams. Small clumps of eggs are laid on leaves above streams, into which the larvae fall, and develop.
It is a common species.
The species requires closed-canopy forest, and is presumably declining due to forest clearance for agriculture and timber.
It presumably occurs in a number of protected areas, and has definitely been recorded from the Reserve de Faune de la Moukalaba-Dougoua in southwestern Gabon.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution and presumed large population.
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