This species is known to occur in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and the west of Côte d’Ivoire.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives mainly in secondary forest, and to a lesser extent in primary forest, but it is not found in heavily degraded areas, such as farm-bush. This species breeds in shallow streams.
It is not often found, but since it is a secretive species, it is probably more common than has been supposed.
The main threat is ongoing deforestation for wood, agriculture and human settlement.
It is known to occur in a number of protected areas in Cote D'Ivoire, including Tai, Mont Sangbé, Marahoué and Mont Péko National Parks. In Liberia, it is found in Gola National Forest (Hillers and Rödel 2007).
It is likely that two species are covered by this name (Rödel and Ernst 2003).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Astylosternus occidentalis. In: IUCN 2014