This species occurs from southern Cameroon to southwestern Gabon, through southwestern Central African Republic to northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. There are very few records through most of its presumed range, probably because of limited sampling. The distribution map assumes its occurrence in the large area between southwestern Central African Republic and northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, for which there do not appear to be any records. There do not appear to be any records from Equatorial Guinea and Congo but it presumably occurs in these countries, and they are included on the species' distribution plotted on the map, and is likely also to be present in southeastern Nigeria.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in lowland forest, and is restricted to tall forest and does not occur in heavily degraded habitats. They spend the day on the ground, and move up in the vegetation at night. They nest in tree cavities containing water, and the tadpoles develop there.
It is somewhat uncommon in most places, though more common than Nectophryne afra in Korup National Park.
It presumably occurs in a number of protected areas, and is confirmed from Korup National Park (Cameroon) and Virunga National Park (Democratic Republic of Congo).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Nectophryne batesii. In: IUCN 2014