Litoria becki 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Hylidae

Scientific Name: Litoria becki (Loveridge, 1945)
Taxonomic Notes: This species is part of a taxonomically poorly defined group of frogs (R. Zweifel pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Stephen Richards, Fred Parker
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Vulnerable because it is known from fewer than five locations.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is currently known only from Mount Wilhelm in the central mountains of Papua New Guinea, but it might have a broader distribution at high altitudes in New Guinea. Another population might survive on Mount Giluwe and perhaps also on Mount Hagen. It has been recorded from above 3,000m asl, and so the amount of habitat available within its potential range is probably limited.
Countries occurrence:
Papua New Guinea
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Population [top]

Population:There is no recent information available on the population status of this species. There are specimens in a collection in Papua New Guinea from the 1970s and 1980s that might represent this species.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:There are no specific data available, but it is probably found in montane rainforest. It presumably breeds in torrential high-altitude streams.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There is no information on threats to this species, but it is known from an area where there is very little human impact. A potential future threat is the spread of chytridiomycosis, which has been implicated in the declines of high-altitude, torrent-dwelling tree-frogs in Australia.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known from any protected areas. There is a need for further survey work to better determine the distribution and population status of this species in the high mountains of central Papua New Guinea.

Citation: Stephen Richards, Fred Parker. 2004. Litoria becki. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T55710A11353980. . Downloaded on 22 September 2018.
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