This species ranges from southwestern Cameroon, though mainland Equatorial Guinea to southwestern Gabon. It occurs on the island of Bioko (Equatorial Guinea). The contact zone between this species and the more recently described Aubria masako and A. occidentalis is poorly understood and requires further investigation. It is possible that this species ranges as far west as Nigeria. An old record from Angola is shown by Perret (1996) to belong to a very different, undescribed species.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in swamps or along small streams in lowland rainforest, gallery forest and degraded secondary habitats (farm bush) in the forest zone. It breeds in still-water pools and marshes.
Little information is available on its abundance.
It is an adaptable species that is not likely to be facing any significant threats.
It presumably occurs in several protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification and its presumed large population.
J.-L. Perret and M.-O. Rödel (pers. comm.) do not accept the synonymy of Aubria occidentalis with A. subsigillata, and we follow this view here. Ohler (1996) stated that further analysis of larger samples of specimens might lead to the subdivision of A. subsigillata, in which case the name A. occidentalis would be available for western populations.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Aubria subsigillata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58233A18403999. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T58233A18403999.en .Downloaded on 24 January 2019