This species is found from Yala in extreme southern Thailand (Taylor 1962) through Peninsular Malaysia (Berry 1975), Singapore (Lim and Lim 1992), Sumatra (including Siberut in the Mentawai Islands) in Indonesia, northern parts of Borneo (both Malaysia and Indonesia), and Palawan in the Philippines. It is likely to occur a little more widely than current records suggest. It has been recorded from 50-700m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
Adults live in the shrub and lower tree strata in primary and secondary forests. This species breeds by larval development in arboreal water-filled cavities and in rotting logs.
It is widespread but nowhere is it common.
The major threat is forest clearance due to agriculture and logging.
Its range includes several protected areas, but more effective protection of lowland rainforest is critical to ensure the persistence of this species.
Arvin Diesmos, Angel Alcala, Rafe Brown, Leticia Afuang, Genevieve Gee, Jeet Sukumaran, Norsham Yaakob, Leong Tzi Ming, Yodchaiy Chuaynkern, Kumthorn Thirakhupt, Indraneil Das, Djoko Iskandar, Mumpuni, Robert Inger, Robert Stuebing, Paul Yambun, Maklarin Lakim 2004. Nyctixalus pictus. In: IUCN 2014