This species is known only from the type locality, Mawa, halfway between Yokadouma and Moloundou in the upper Boumba Valley in south-eastern Cameroon. It probably occurs more widely in the central African forest belt, but there have been no additional records, presumably because of the difficulty in identifying cryptic Xenopus species. It is likely that some records of this species have been assigned to X. fraseri.
Habitat and Ecology
This is a water-dependent species in a lowland rainforest region. Its ecology is likely to be similar to that of X. fraseri, which is an adaptable species.
There is no information on the population status of this species.
It is unlikely to be facing any particular threats, particularly given its likely adaptability, and the fact that it is almost certainly more widespread than is currently known.
The distribution of this species is very poorly known, and it is not known whether or not it occurs in any protected areas.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
This species is one of a group of cryptic species resembling Xenopus fraseri but which is distinguished from it by chromosome number (2n = 72) and a mating call of a single note (found elsewhere within the genus only in X. borealis).
Richard Tinsley, John Measey 2004. Xenopus boumbaensis. In: IUCN 2014