This species from New Guinea is known from a single locality on the Tiri River, a small tributary of the Mamberamo River in the southern Mamberamo Basin, central Papua Province, Indonesia (3°17'30"S,138°34'53"E) (Richards et al., 2007). It is expected to occur more widely.
Habitat and Ecology
Males have been found calling from palm leaves 4–6 metres above the water in a shallow swamp in primary lowland rainforest (Richards et al., 2007). The breeding season seems to be independent of substantial rainfall (Richards et al., 2007). It presumably breeds by larval development.
There is no information on its abundance.
There is no information on threats to this species.
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.
Stephen Richards 2008. Litoria purpureolata. In: IUCN 2014