This species occurs from southwestern Nigeria east through southwestern and southern Cameroon to mainland Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. There are very few records through most of its presumed range, probably because of limited sampling. The distribution map assumes its occurrence in the large area between Cameroon and northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, for which there do not appear to be any records. There do not appear to be any records from Central African Republic and Congo but it is assumed to occur in these countries. It is recorded from the island of Bioko (Equatorial Guinea).
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in lowland forest. It is generally restricted to tall forest, but house been found in farms near forest on Bioko. They spend the day on the ground, and move up on to the vegetation at night. They nest in tree cavities containing water, and the tadpoles develop there. The male guards the eggs.
It is more common than Nectophryne batesii in most places, but in Korup National Park, this species is less numerous.
Due to its large range it is likely that there are declines in some areas due to forest loss.
It presumably occurs in a number of protected areas, and is certainly present in Korup National Park (Cameroon), Monte Alen National Park (Equatorial Guinea) and Virunga National Park (Democratic Republic of Congo).
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution and its presumed large population.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Nectophryne afra. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T54835A18366215. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T54835A18366215.en