Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Phrynobatrachidae

Scientific Name: Phrynobatrachus phyllophilus
Species Authority: Rödel & Ernst, 2002
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2013. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 5.6 (9 January 2013). Electronic Database. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA. Available at:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Mark-Oliver Rödel
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Near Threatened since although this species is still relatively widely distributed, it depends on areas of reasonably undisturbed forest habitat, and so its Area of Occupancy is probably not much greater than 2,000 km2, and the extent and quality of its habitat is declining, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species ranges from central Sierra Leone, through Liberia and southern Guinea, to south-western Côte d’Ivoire. It probably occurs up to at least 1,000m asl, and perhaps even higher.
Countries occurrence:
Côte d'Ivoire; Guinea; Liberia; Sierra Leone
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Population [top]

Population: It is a very common species, more so than Phrynobatrachus guineensis with which it has been confused.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It lives in swampy parts of primary rainforest, and does not survive in secondary habitats. It deposits its eggs terrestrially close to water, and the larvae develop in extremely small puddles.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is adversely affected by the loss of forest habitat due to agricultural development, logging and expanding human settlements. Some populations might also be affected by mining activities.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in several protected areas, including Taï National Park and Mont Péko National Park (Côte d’Ivoire), and Mount Nimba World Heritage Site (Guinea, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire).

Citation: Mark-Oliver Rödel. 2004. Phrynobatrachus phyllophilus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58134A11739175. . Downloaded on 13 October 2015.
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