This species is known from Angola and from Brazzaville in western Congo. Attempts to map its range at this stage are speculative, pending resolution of its taxonomic status. If it is valid, then it presumably also occurs at least in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is mentioned to have occur in the Cabinda Enclave (Angola) (IUCN 2014, Frost 2016), however this probably originated from confusion (and has been removed from the distribution map) and the only Angolan record of this species is from the original description in Lunda Province in northeastern Angola that has no precise locality (N. Baptista pers. comm. 2015).
Habitat and Ecology
There is no information on its habitat and ecology, although it is expected to breed in streams by larval development, as with other congeners.
There is no clear information on the population status of this species, which seems to occur in any likely area where there has been very little herpetological work conducted for many years.
There is no information available about threats to this species.
This species has not been recorded in any protected areas.
More information is needed on this species' distribution, population status, natural history, and threats.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing doubts as to its taxonomic validity as well as absence of recent information on its population status, habitats, ecological requirements and threats.
This species was under the generic name Amietophrynus but is now treated under Sclerophrys (Frost 2016).
Tandy and Keith (1972) tentatively assigned this species to the synonymy of Sclerophrys funereus. Tandy (pers. comm.) considers that it is almost certainly a synonym of S. funereus. Ruas (1996) considered it as a synonym of Sclerophrys funereus (as Amietophrynus).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group, South African Frog Re-assessment Group (SA-FRoG) 2016. Sclerophrys buchneri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T54595A77158830. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T54595A77158830.en