This species is only known with certainty from northern Bengkulu Province, Sumatra, Indonesia, where it occurs at low altitudes. It has not been found in West Sumatra, despite attempts to locate it there. There is an old record from Nias Island but there are doubts that the locality of this specimen has been correctly recorded.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in lowland forest, but it is not known whether or not it can adapt to secondary habitats. It probably breeds by larval development in slow-flowing streams.
It is probably rare, since a number of expeditions have collected only a few specimens, and it probably occurs at low densities.
The primary threat is likely to be habitat conversion due to smallholder farming and logging activities.
Although it is known to occur in forest in a recreational area for tourists, expanded protection of lowland forest habitats is clearly necessary.
Red List Status
Djoko Iskandar, Mumpuni 2004. Ingerophrynus claviger. In: IUCN 2014