This species occurs in the lowlands of south-western Cameroon, south of the Sanaga River, between 50–1,150 m Asl. Its EOO is 18,715 km2.
Habitat and Ecology
It is strictly a forest species, not occurring in secondary habitats. Outside the breeding season it can be found among dead leaves on the forest floor. During the breeding season, males call from rocky areas by streams and springs in forest, especially in valley heads where there are boulders under which tiny currents of water flow. Breeding takes place in streams by larval development. The tadpoles have been described by Mapouyat et al. (2014).
It is not uncommon in its favoured habitat, though it is less common on the coastal plain. Due to ongoing decline in the extent and quality of habitat, the population is suspected to be decreasing.
The major threat to the species is habitat loss as a result of forest loss and fragmentation due to logging.
This species may occur in a few protected areas, though this is not confirmed.
There is a need for improved habitat protection at sites where the species is known to occur.
Red List Status
Listed as Vulnerable because its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 18,715 km2, it occurs in fewer than 10 threat-defined locations, and there is ongoing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2017. Leptodactylodon ventrimarmoratus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T54439A96317446. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-2.RLTS.T54439A96317446.en .Downloaded on 17 November 2018