This species is known from western, central and southern Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea (including the island of Bioko), Gabon, southern Congo, and southwestern Central African Republic (M. Burger pers. comm.). It might occur in southeastern Nigeria, the Cabinda Enclave of Angola, and extreme western Democratic Republic of Congo, but the limits of its range are unknown. Its elevational range is also unknown.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a lowland forest species of lowland swampy forest and can survive in somewhat degraded forest, but not in open habitats outside forest. The males call from cavities and holes near streams, and it breeds in still water pools along streams.
It is a very common species with no apparent population declines, so the population is believed to be stable (L. Chiro pers. comm.)
Despite its adaptability, it is likely to be affected by forest loss due to logging, agricultural encroachment and human settlement.
Individuals of this species in Gabon (as Dimorphognathus africanus – Bell et al. 2011) have tested negative for Bd, so its susceptibility to infection remains unknown.
This species occurs in several protected areas, including Korup National Park in Cameroon, Monte Alen National Park in Equatorial Guinea, Ivindo, Loango, Lopé and Moukalaba-Doudou National Parks (Pauwels and Rödel 2007) and Moukalaba-Dougoua Faunal Reserve in Gabon, and Dzanga-Ndoki National Park in Central African Republic.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification and presumed large population.
This is a complex of at least four or five species (M.-O. Rödel pers. comm. July 2016).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2017. Phrynobatrachus africanus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T58074A18391345. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-2.RLTS.T58074A18391345.en .Downloaded on 19 January 2019