This species ranges from Ivindo Province in northeastern Gabon and Sangha Province in northern Congo, east to Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda, south to southern Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola. If Amietophrynus djohongensis is considered to be a subspecies of this species, then it also occurs in the Adamawa Plateau in Cameroon; however, other records of Amietophrynus funereus from Cameroon appear to be in error. The identification of specimens assigned to this species from Nigeria and Benin should be checked, since they are unlikely to be true A. funereus, and might belong to A. djohongensis, or to another species.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a species of leaf-litter in the interior of rainforests, usually on slightly drier ground, such as ridge tops. The eggs are laid in slow-flowing streams during the dry season, where the larvae develop. It can survive in slightly degraded forests, but not in seriously altered habitats.
It appears to be quite common and easy to find in suitable habitats in Uganda.
Due to its large range it is likely that there are declines in some areas due to forest loss, especially for agriculture and wood extraction.
It occurs in several protected areas, including the Kibale National Park in Uganda and the Virunga and Garamba National Parks in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution and its presumed large population.
This species was under the generic name Amietophrynus but is now treated under Sclerophrys (Frost 2016).
Sclerophrys djohongensis and S. buchneri are sometimes considered to belong to this species.
This is an amended assessment created to account for the change in generic name.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Sclerophrys funerea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T54643A107346102. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T54643A107346102.en