This species ranges from Sierra Leone, through southern Guinea, Liberia, southern Côte d’Ivoire and southern Ghana to south-western Nigeria. It has not been recorded from Togo and Benin, and its absence from these countries might be genuine, owing to lack of suitable habitat.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits primary lowland rainforest, and can survive in small forest fragments, though at lower population densities (and it might not be able to persist for long in such situations). Breeding takes place in very small temporary puddles.
It is a very common species in suitable habitats.
The major threat to this species is the loss of forest habitat due to agricultural development, logging and expanding human settlements.
It probably occurs in all of the forested protected areas within its range.
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Listed as Near Threatened since although this species is still relatively widely distributed, it depends on areas of undisturbed forest habitat, and so its Area of Occupancy is probably not much greater than 2,000 km2, and the extent and quality of its habitat is declining, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.
Mark-Oliver Rödel, Arne Schiøtz 2004. Phrynobatrachus alleni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58090A11718567. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58090A11718567.en .Downloaded on 23 January 2019