This range of this species is very imperfectly known. There are definite records from Entebbe in Uganda (the type locality), central Cameroon, and Mount Nimba in Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea.
There are published records in addition from Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Angola, but it is not certain that these refer to this species. If its distribution is not fragmented, it presumably occurs widely in West African savannahs, in southern Chad, the Central African Republic, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and South Sudan / southern Sudan.
The distribution map is very provisional, and it has been assumed that the range is fragmented.
There have been no recent records from Uganda and Mount Nimba, presumably due to the lack of herpetological work in these areas.
Habitat and Ecology
In Cameroon it lives in savannahs and grasslands, including flooded grassland, avoiding areas with tall grass and other vegetation. It breeds in temporary marshes. On Mount Nimba it is said to live in both forest and savannah.
In Cameroon, its abundance is hard to determine, since the species is difficult to capture.
It is unlikely to be facing serious threats, at least in Cameroon, where it seems to be an adaptable species. There is no direct information from elsewhere in its range.
It is present in the Mount Nimba World Heritage Site, and it presumably occurs in several other protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution and its presumed large population.
This form probably comprises several species.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Ptychadena stenocephala. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58524A18401646. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T58524A18401646.en .Downloaded on 21 February 2019