This species is known only from the St. Louis Plain on the western shore of Lake Tanganyika in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Given this lack of specificity, attempts to map its distribution can only be approximate at this stage.
Habitat and Ecology
There is no information on the habitat and ecology of this species, although like other members of the genus, it presumably breeds by direct development.
The population status of this species is unknown. There have been no recent records, probably due to lack of herpetological work within its range.
There is no information on threats to this species.
It has not been recorded from any protected areas. Research is required on the taxonomy, distribution, population status, habitat, ecology and threats to this species.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainty as to its taxonomic status as well as absence of recent information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
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.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2014. Arthroleptis spinalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T54384A18363510. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-1.RLTS.T54384A18363510.en .Downloaded on 19 January 2019