This species ranges from southern Guinea and northern Liberia, through southern Côte d’Ivoire and southern Ghana, to southwestern Togo (though there are no records from Togo, it is included in the map). It also ranges from southern Nigeria to southwestern Cameroon (as far as Kribi). The apparent distribution gap in Benin and Togo might be genuine. The contact zone between this species and Aubria subsigillata requires further clarification, and it is possible that further studies will show that this species does not range east of Ghana, and that the species in Nigeria is in fact A. subsigillata.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in primary forest in swamps or along forest streams. Unlike other members of its genus, it appears not to occur in secondary habitats. It breeds in streams.
It is quite a common species, but it is not abundant.
It is adversely affected by the loss of forest habitat for agriculture, logging and human settlements.
It occurs in a number of protected areas, including Taï National Park and Banco National Park (Côte d’Ivoire), Mount Nimba World Heritage Site (Guinea and Liberia), and Korup National Park (Cameroon).
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution and presumed large population.
We follow Perret (1994) amd M.-O. Rödel (pers. comm.) in recognizing this species as being distinct from Aubria subsigillata.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Aubria occidentalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58232A18403861. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T58232A18403861.en .Downloaded on 19 November 2018