This species ranges from southwestern Cameroon through mainland Equatorial Guinea (Rio Muni), western and central Gabon and western Congo to the Mayombe Hills in western Democratic Republic of Congo. It presumably occurs in the Cabinda Enclave of Angola, and possibly in southeastern Nigeria, but it has not been confirmed from these countries. Records from West Africa (Sierra Leone to Ghana) refer to Bufo togoensis. Records from Garamba National Park (Inger 1968) and other localities in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and also Kenya presumably refer to other species, perhaps within an overall Bufo latifrons complex.
Habitat and Ecology
This is a species of moist tropical lowland forest, living on the forest floor, often near streams, and requiring a closed canopy. It frequents streams with gravel beaches. It does not survive in secondary habitats. It breeds in calm areas of large streams in the dry season.
It is a common species, at least in areas of suitable habitat in southwestern Cameroon and central Gabon, but it appears to be rare in Equatorial Guinea.
It is presumably affected by ongoing forest loss.
It occurs in several protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Amietophrynus has been synonymised with Sclerophrys, and as a result all species that were previously in the former genus are now known under Sclerophrys (Frost 2016).
This is an amended assessment created to account for the change in generic name.
Jean-Louis Amiet, Marius Burger, Mills Tandy 2016. Sclerophrys latifrons. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T54688A107347916. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T54688A107347916.en