This species is restricted to the mountains of eastern Nigeria and western Cameroon. In Nigeria it is known from the Obudu Plateau, and in Cameroon it occurs in the Bamenda highlands at Mount Oku, Bangwa, Banyo, the Bamboutos Mountains and Foulassi. It occurs up to 2,100m asl on Mount Oku.
Habitat and Ecology
It is associated with slow-flowing watercourses in montane forests, forest strips, and montane grassland. It can be found in very open situations. It breeds in still water and marshes.
It is common, even abundant, within its small range.
It is presumably adversely affected by the ongoing loss of forest and the degradation of montane grassland within its range due to agricultural expansion (particularly overgrazing by livestock), wood extraction, and expanding human settlements.
A conservation project has been conducted on Mount Oku for several years by BirdLife International, involving community management of the area by local villages. This project needs to take into account the conservation needs of Phrynobatrachus steindachneri. The species might also occur in the Bafut-Ngemba Forest Reserve.
Red List Status
Listed as Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat in the mountains of Cameroon and Nigeria.
Jean-Louis Amiet 2004. Phrynobatrachus steindachneri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58140A11740065. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58140A11740065.en .Downloaded on 19 January 2019