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Asterophrys turpicola

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA ANURA MICROHYLIDAE

Scientific Name: Asterophrys turpicola
Species Authority: (Schlegel, 1837)
Taxonomic Notes: The unjustified emendation (under Article 32.c.ii of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, 1984) of the specific epithet to turpicula has had widespread use. It could comprise several species (R. Günther 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, Rainer Günther
Reviewer/s: Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, 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 occurs in lowland rainforest over much of New Guinea (both Indonesia and Papua New Guinea) and Yapen Island (Indonesia), but it is apparently absent from the eastern half of Papua New Guinea. It occurs from the lowlands up to 1,000m asl.
Countries:
Native:
Indonesia; Papua New Guinea
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Population [top]

Population: It is abundant where it occurs, but is distributed patchily.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It occurs in lowland and foothill rainforest, and also persists in highly degraded rainforest habitats. It presumably breeds by direct development, probably with subterranean nests.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Although not well known, this species has a broad distribution across most of western and central New Guinea and given extent of suitable habitat and lack of threats there appears to be no cause for concern.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It probably occurs in several protected areas.
Citation: Stephen Richards, Rainer Günther 2004. Asterophrys turpicola. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 19 April 2014.
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