This species ranges from southwestern Cameroon to eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and south to northern Angola. It also occurs on the island of Bioko (Equatorial Guinea). Records from northern and northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, up to the border with Uganda, probably refer to Xenopus pygmaeus. Records from central and southern Angola (Ruas 1996) require confirmation.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a water-dependent species of lowland rainforest, living and breeding in pools, and sometimes in slow-flowing streams. It can tolerate habitat degradation, providing that shade is provided by overhanging trees. It has filter-feeding tadpoles.
It is a very abundant species.
In view of its wide distribution and adaptability to altered habitats, this species is unlikely to be threatened. It is harvested for human consumption, and this might have an impact on local populations.
It occurs in several protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Richard Tinsley, John Measey, Manfred Beier 2004. Xenopus fraseri. In: IUCN 2014