This species is known only from the heavily fragmented forest region of south-western Ghana and south-eastern Côte d'Ivoire. It is known from Banco National Park in Côte d’Ivoire and from five localities in Ghana: Kakoum National Park; Boi-Tano Forest Reserve; Draw River Forest Reserve; the Ankasa Conservation Area, a twin wildlife protected area comprising Nini-Suhien National Park to the north and the Ankasa Forest Reserve to the south; and Bobiri Forest Reserve.
Habitat and Ecology
It is usually found on the floor of swampy primary rainforest, but it has also been found at the edge of small temporary pools in bamboo forest and close to forest edge. Its breeding is unknown, though it is likely to take place in water.
There is very little information concerning its population status, since only a few specimens are known. It is a very inconspicuous forest floor species, so it is probably often overlooked or mistaken for other Phrynobatrachus species.
It is presumably affected by the loss of forest habitat for agriculture, logging, and human settlements.
It occurs in several protected areas across its range. There is a need for further survey work in order to determine the current population status of this species.
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered because it is probably dependent upon undisturbed forest habitat in an area of high human impact, and so its Area of Occupancy is probably less than 500km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and the extent of its forest habitat in Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire is probably declining.
Mark-Oliver Rödel, Arne Schiøtz 2004. Phrynobatrachus ghanensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58112A11732033. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58112A11732033.en .Downloaded on 18 November 2018