Cophixalus misimae 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Microhylidae

Scientific Name: Cophixalus misimae Richards and Oliver, 2007

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Stephen Richards
Reviewer(s): Simon Stuart, Neil Cox
Listed as Data Deficient since it has only recently been described, and there is still very little known about its extent of occurrence, area of occupancy, status and ecological requirements.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is currently only known from Misima Island in the Louisiade Archipelago, Papua New Guinea (Richards and Oliver, 2007). It has been found in three locations at 200-300m asl: the Misma mine site (152° 47.761' E, 10° 39.540' S); the North Dump Rainforest (152° 47.876' E, 10° 39.848' S); and, Boma Village (152° 47.064' E, 10° 39.090' S) (Richards and Oliver, 2007). It can be expected to occur more widely on the island.
Countries occurrence:
Papua New Guinea
Additional data:
Number of Locations:1
Lower elevation limit (metres):200
Upper elevation limit (metres):300
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Population [top]

Population:There is little information on its abundance, but it appears to be moderately common in rainforest (Richards and Oliver, 2007).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Most specimens have been found in leaf litter on the rainforest floor. One specimen was collected from moist, dense rainforest regrowth of an old garden adjacent to rain forest. It presumably breeds by direct development without dependence on water.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The rainforest on Misima has been fragmented by intensive human activities, including mining and small-scale agriculture (S. Richards, pers. comm.), though the species appears to survive at least in old regrowth.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known from any protected areas. Surveys are needed to determine its geographic distribution, ecological requirements, threats and conservation needs.

Citation: Stephen Richards. 2008. Cophixalus misimae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T135992A4223424. . Downloaded on 15 October 2018.
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