This species is only known from its type locality of Cambondo, Kwanza Norte, Angola. Ceríaco et al. (2014) assume that two specimens collected in Roça Novo Mundo, 135 km north of the type locality, also belong to this species, although this requires confirmation and they are not mapped as part of this species' distribution. Its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 919 km2.
Habitat and Ecology
There is no direct information on its habitat and ecology, although it is likely to be a terrestrial species in lowland forest, and possibly other habitats. It is expected to reproduce by direct development, as with other congeners.
This species is only known with certainty from its holotype. There have been no records since its discovery, but this is probably largely due to the severe taxonomic problems associated with Arthroleptis species which makes it extremely hard to identify them in many parts of Africa.
There is no information on major threats to this species.
This species has not been recorded in any protected areas.
Taxonomic research is needed to clarify the identity of this taxon and verify the identity of the specimens collected in Roça Novo Mundo.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing doubts as to its taxonomic validity as well as the uncertainty of the taxonomic identity of the specimens from Roça Novo Mundo, and the absence of recent information on its population status, habitats, ecological requirements and threats.
Ceríaco et al. (2014) consider it as a valid species, and assign two specimens collected about 135 km north of the type locality to this species, on a morphological basis.
There are major taxonomic problems with the genus Arthroleptis through much of Africa. In many cases, the available names can be referred only to museum specimens, not to animals in the field. This is because the identification of these species frequently depends more on their vocalizations than their morphology. This species is known from a single specimen, and it is not yet known whether or not it is a valid species.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group & South African Frog Re-assessment Group (SA-FRoG) 2016. Arthroleptis carquejai. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T54368A77159732. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T54368A77159732.en .Downloaded on 14 November 2018