This species' main range is from southeastern Nigeria to southern Cameroon and northeastern Gabon (at Makokou). It presumably occurs in mainland Equatorial Guinea, and this area is included in the species' distribution on the map, but there have not so far been any records. There are outlying records to the west of the main range from Iperin in southwestern Nigeria, the Togo-Volta Highlands in eastern Ghana, and from Kakum in southern Ghana. It generally occurs at fairly low altitudes. The records from southwestern Nigeria and Ghana might belong to another species (Rödel, M.-O. et al., in press). Animals very similar to this species, but much smaller, have been found in central Gabon, and are not mapped here.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in lowland rainforest and in degraded secondary vegetation near forest, but not in open areas away from forest. It breeds in small pools.
It is common around Yaounde in Cameroon, but it is generally localized and uncommon through most of its range.
Although it is somewhat adaptable, it is probably affected by agricultural expansion, logging and human settlements when these lead to serious opening up of the habitat.
It has been recorded from the Kakum National Park in Ghana, and it is probably present in several other protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification and its presumed large population.
It is likely that animals from more than one species have been assigned to this name (M.-O. Rödel pers. comm.).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Phrynobatrachus batesii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58096A18391902. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T58096A18391902.en .Downloaded on 19 January 2019