Litoria arfakiana


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Litoria arfakiana
Species Authority: (Peters and Doria, 1878)
Taxonomic Notes: There is strong evidence that shows that Litoria arfakiana comprises more than one species (R. Guenther and S. Richards pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Stephen Richards, David Price, Fred Kraus
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is widespread in New Guinea from the Arfak Mountains (Vogelkop Peninsula) in the west (Indonesia) to the southeastern Peninsula of Papua New Guinea in the east, as far as Agaun in Milne Bay Province. It occurs from 500-2,000m asl.
Indonesia; Papua New Guinea
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Population [top]

Population: It occurs in large numbers wherever it is found.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It lives in vegetation along streams and small brooks in lowland and montane rainforest, and also occurs in disturbed habitats. It breeds in streams in which the younger larvae live. Old larvae are semi-terrestrial (Günther, 2006).
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Suitable habitat is extensive and no serious threats are known. Locally, pollution of streams from mining is taking place.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The taxonomy of these species complex needs must to be resolved. Given the declines of torrent-dwelling hylids in Australia, monitoring programs should be initiated. It occurs in several protected areas.

Citation: Stephen Richards, David Price, Fred Kraus 2004. Litoria arfakiana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 27 March 2015.
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