This species is known from around the village of Utai in Sandaun Province, north-western Papua New Guinea (at 03°23'S, 141°35'E) (Richards et al., 2006). It is likely that this new species has a broad distribution in the extensive lowland rainforests of northern New Guinea, and specimens collected in the foothills of the Foya Mountains, Papua Province, Indonesia might refer to this species (Richards et al., 2006).
Habitat and Ecology
This species is arboreal and was encountered calling from at least 5–8m above ground in forest trees in lowland rainforest, and one specimen was found calling from 1.5m high in the vegetation in a swamp (Richards et al., 2006). This suggests that this species may breed in lentic water bodies on the forest floor (Richards et al., 2006).
There is no information on its abundance, as it is a canopy species which is probably hard to find.
There is no direct information on threats to this species. It is probably dependent on intact rainforest, and so might be affected by forest exploitation and clearance.
It is not known from any protected areas. Surveys are needed to determine its geographic distribution, ecological requirements, and conservation needs.
The name Litoria hunti was emended to L. huntorum by Shea and Kraus (2007). However, according to Amphibian Species of the World version 5.2, this is an unjustified emendation (Frost 2008: http://research.amnh.org/herpetology/amphibia/index.php).
Stephen Richards 2008. Litoria hunti. In: IUCN 2014