This species is known only from its type locality, Tai Forest, in south-western Côte d’Ivoire.
Habitat and Ecology
It is believed to be a lowland rainforest species that presumably lives in similar habitats to those of most other members of the genus, and that probably also breeds in water.
It has not been found since it was originally collected in 1975. Over 30,000 frogs have been checked in the type locality in recent years, without recording this species, so it is either extremely rare, or not a valid species.
There is no direct information on threats to this species, but if it is a forest-dependent species, it is presumably adversely affected by the loss of forest habitat for agricultural development, logging and human settlements.
It occurs in Taï National Park. Further work is required to resolve its taxonomic validity.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing doubts as to its taxonomic validity as well as absence of recent information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
This species' taxonomic status is unclear (Rödel pers. comm.).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2014. Phrynobatrachus taiensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T58144A18396222. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-1.RLTS.T58144A18396222.en .Downloaded on 17 January 2019