This species ranges from southeastern Nigeria and Cameroon, east and central Democratic Republic of Congo, western Uganda and Rwanda. There are records from mainland Equatorial Guinea and from the island of Bioko, Gabon, north west Congo, and southwestern Central African Republic, and it is presumed to occur in the Cabinda Enclave of Angola. There is an absence of records through much of the Congo Basin, but this is probably due to under-sampling. However, its northern and southern distributional limits are very poorly known, and should be regarded as provisional. It occurs up to at least 1,000m asl and probably higher.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in the leaf litter of primary, secondary and riparian rainforest, and is often associated with rivers. It is not found in open habitats outside forest and breeds by larval development in small pools.
It is a common species and its population is thought to be stable
It is presumably adversely affected by the loss of forest habitat caused by agricultural activities, logging and wood extraction, and expanding human settlements.
It occurs in a number of protected areas within its large range.
More information is required on the extent of the species' range and the status of its population.
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.
It is likely a complex of species (Gvozdik pers. comm., Nov 2012). It is possible that the eastern populations of this species should be separated as Phrynobatrachus discodactylus.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Phrynobatrachus auritus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T58095A18391735. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T58095A18391735.en .Downloaded on 17 January 2019