This species was described from Misahohé in western Togo, and all records of Conraua alleni from eastern Ghana and Togo refer to this species. It is likely that the species is endemic to the Togo-Volta Highlands of eastern Ghana and western Togo.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a forest-dependent species living in or near fast-flowing water. The tadpoles have been found in streams.
It was probably once quite abundant, but a recent survey in Ghana failed to find it, suggesting a serious decline. There is no recent information from Togo.
Most of the forest habitat within its small range has been lost, and so this species is probably very seriously threatened, if not extinct. Habitat loss is taking place as a result of agricultural expansion, logging, and human settlements. Stream sedimentation might be having an affect on breeding.
There are some small protected areas within the range of the species, including Kiabobo National Park in Ghana, but it has not been confirmed from any of these. Improved protection and maintenance of the remaining habitat in the range of the species is recommended. Surveys are urgently needed to determine whether or not this species survives. Captive breeding might need to be considered.
Red List Status
Critically Endangered (CR)
Listed as Critically Endangered because its Area of Occupancy is probably less than 10 km2, it occurs in a single sub-population, and the extent of its habitat at Misahohe is probably declining.
Mark-Oliver Rödel, Arne Schiøtz 2004. Conraua derooi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58253A11758064. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58253A11758064.en .Downloaded on 19 November 2018