This species is known only from south-western and south-eastern Côte d'Ivoire, and from south-western Ghana. It might occur in Liberia, but there have not been any records so far.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a species of primary forest, and is not found in secondary forest. It deposits eggs on dried-up puddles just before the rains, and the larvae develop in very small puddles.
It is a very common species in suitable habitat.
It is adversely affected by the loss of forest habitat for agriculture, logging, and human settlement.
It occurs in several protected areas including Taï National Park, Haute Dodo Classified Forest, and Banco National Park in Côte d'Ivoire, and Kakoum National Park in Ghana.
Red List Status
Listed as Vulnerable because, although the species is still reasonably widely distributed, it is dependent upon undisturbed habitat, and its Area of Occupancy within its range is therefore likely to be less than 2,000km2 and decreasing due to habitat degradation.
Mark-Oliver Rödel, Arne Schiøtz 2004. Phrynobatrachus villiersi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58149A11741164. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58149A11741164.en .Downloaded on 18 January 2019