Phrynobatrachus tokba
family: Phrynobatrachidae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species occurs in Sierra Leone, southern Guinea, Liberia, western and southwestern Côte d’Ivoire and Boi Tano Forest Reserve, Draw River Forest Reserve and Ankasa National Park (Hillers et al. 2009) in Ghana. Records from Cape Three Points Forest Reserve in southwestern Ghana require confirmation (M.O. Rödel pers. comm.). It was for a long time known only from the type locality, N'Zébéla and N'Zérékoré, in southern Guinea until the synonymy with Phrynobatrachus alticola was confirmed. It occurs up to 1,600 m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It is a species found in leaf-litter of secondary forests with a broken canopy, tree fall gaps in primary forest, heavily degraded former forest (farm bush) and occasionally in moist savannah. It breeds by direct development. The eggs are laid on the ground, and the larvae develop with the gelatinous mass.


It is an extremely common species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Although it is somewhat adaptable, it is probably affected by agricultural expansion, logging and human settlements when these lead to serious opening up of the habitat.

Conservation Actions

It probably occurs in all of the forested protected areas within its range.

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.

Taxonomic Notes

This species was known only from the type locality, but the more widespread Phrynobatrachus alticola was later determined to be a synonym (Rödel et al. 2005). The type specimen of P. alticola has been lost, hence the synonymy was difficult to confirm.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Phrynobatrachus tokba. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58145A18396312. .Downloaded on 19 February 2019


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