Distribution and Habitat
Range: Before the publication of Perret (1979b, 1981), this frog was presumably often referred to under other names. It is therefore difficult to describe its range on the basis of the data published in older literature. Frost (1985) simply quotes savanna regions from Sierra Leone to Chad, the Central African Republic and northern R.D. Congo. Reliable records have been published for the following countries: Sierra Leone, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, R.D. Congo, Central African Republic, Eritrea, Ethiopia (Schiøtz 1964a, b, c, Inger 1968, Walker 1968, Amiet 1973a, 1974a, Joger 1981, 1990, Barbault 1984, Schätti 1986, Hughes 1988, Böhme et al. 1996, Rödel 1996, 1998b, Joger & Lambert 1997, Largen 1997a, 1998). The records from Senegal quoted by Mertens (1938a) possibly refer to this species, too. However, the synonyms he gives, Rana guerzea and R. leonensis, are actually synonyms of P. longirostris (Perret 1981). The species Ptychadena sp. from northern Cameroon, compared with Phrynobatrachus plicatus by Amiet (1973a), possibly also belongs to P. schubotzi.
Habitats: Both river banks and savanna habitats are colonized. In Ghana, P. schubotzi inhabits any part of the country, except the rainforest belt (Hughes 1988). In literature, savannas are quoted as habitats (Schiøtz 1964c, Perret 1981, Böhme et al. 1996), including both humid Guinea (Walker 1968, Barbault 1984) and dry Sudan savannas (Amiet 1974b). Lamotte & Xavier (1981) exclusively quote humid savannas when gallery forests are present. Joger (1981) reports on a "misted" slope and on overgrown brook banks in a hilly landscape.