This species occurs in Guinea, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, and from western Nigeria east to northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, south to southwestern Congo. There are records from central and southern Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and southwestern Central African Republic. It is presumed to occur in the Cabinda Enclave of Angola.
Habitat and Ecology
In Central Africa it lives in most lowland and lower montane forest, including secondary forest and heavily degraded habitats. In West Africa they are found only in primary forest. It is usually associated with the edges of steams with margins of small stones and sand. They breed in streams and the males call in groups from among rocks in dense vegetation near streams.
It is a very common species, especially in central Gabon.
It is presumably affected to some extent by ongoing habitat loss.
It occurs in the Virunga National Park (Democratic Republic of Congo), Korup National Park (Cameroon), and presumably in a number of other protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
This form is probably a complex of at least two species (M.-O. Rödel pers. comm.).
Arne Schiøtz, Jean-Louis Amiet, Marius Burger, Mark-Oliver Rödel 2004. Cardioglossa leucomystax. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T54404A11136447. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T54404A11136447.en .Downloaded on 19 January 2019