This species is known only from a few localities in northern and northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo in both the savannah and forest zones: Buta; Garamba National Park; Faradje; Kisangani; and Avakubi. The map joins these localities. There do not appear to be any recent records, presumably due to lack of herpetological work within its range.
Habitat and Ecology
At Garamba, it is found in a variety of habitats from gallery forest to open grassland, frequenting marshes, ponds and streams. Its habitat preferences in the forest zone are not clear, though it is suspected to survive well in heavily degraded former forest (farm bush). There is no information on its breeding, though it is presumably similar to most other members of the genus, and breeds in water.
It is apparently a fairly abundant species in Garamba National Park.
There is no direct information, but this species is believed to be adaptable, and not facing any significant threats.
It occurs in Garamba National Park.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Although this species is known mainly from isolated records from a large area, it is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats and its presumed large population.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Phrynobatrachus scapularis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58139A18395879. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T58139A18395879.en .Downloaded on 17 January 2019