This species ranges from southwestern Cameroon, through mainland Equatorial Guinea (Rio Muni) south to Mont Crystal and Mont Iboundji in west-central Gabon (M. Burger pers. comm.). It lives below 1,000 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in moist lowland forest and degraded forest. The frogs breed in small streams, often full of dead leaves. Adults come together in large numbers at breeding sites. The males call from rocky areas near streams, or from under bridges.
It is common where it occurs.
Due to its large range it is likely that there are declines in some areas due to habitat loss.
It presumably occurs in several protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution and presumed large population.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Cardioglossa elegans. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T54400A18364713. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T54400A18364713.en .Downloaded on 21 January 2019