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Litoria richardsi 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Hylidae

Scientific Name: Litoria richardsi Dennis and Cunningham, 2006

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
Justification:
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 known from two sites in New Guinea: 5.5 km west of Tabubil township, in Western Province, Papua New Guinea (5°17’30”S and 141°11’55”E;) at 500m asl; and adjacent to the Tiri River, Mamberamo Drainage, in Papua Province, Indonesia (3°17’30”S, 138°34’53”) at 80m asl (Dennis and Cunningham, 2006). It is expected to occur more widely, especially in suitable habitat in intervening areas (Dennis and Cunningham, 2006).
Countries occurrence:
Native:
Indonesia (Papua); Papua New Guinea (Papua New Guinea (main island group))
Additional data:
Number of Locations:2
Lower elevation limit (metres):80
Upper elevation limit (metres):500
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Population [top]

Population:There is no information on its abundance. Only two specimens have ever been found, but it might be a canopy species which is hard to detect.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is likely to be a canopy dweller and may glide given its extensively webbed fingers and toes (Dennis and Cunningham, 2006). It has been found in lowland rainforest in areas of very high rainfall (Dennis and Cunningham, 2006). It is presumed to breed by larval development, and may lay eggs in swamps or ponds on the forest floor, and/or in small canopy ponds (those trapped in tree forks and hollows and regularly replenished by high rainfall) (Dennis and Cunningham, 2006).
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There is no information on threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no direct conservation measures in place for this species, and it is not known from any protected areas. Further studies are needed into the distribution, abundance, threats and general ecology of the species.

Citation: Stephen Richards. 2008. Litoria richardsi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T136164A4253399. . Downloaded on 18 November 2017.
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