This species is known from the southern slopes of the Star Mountains (Menzies 1993), the Southern Highlands Province (Richards, unpublished data), both in Papua New Guinea, and from the Wondiwoi Mountains at the base of the Wandamen Peninsula, in Papua, Indonesia. There is possibly a related population in the Fakfak Mountains on the Bomberai Peninsular. It occurs from 300-1,300m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is an inhabitant of swamps in tropical rainforest. It is also known to persist in disturbed habitats in the Southern Highlands. It breeds in small stagnant temporary or permanent pools in streams, and has also been observed breeding in ditches. It lays its eggs on leaves overhanging the water and when hatched they drop into the water (Günther, 2006).
It is a locally very abundant species.
Forest clearance in the foothills of the Star Mountains has damaged many breeding sites of this species.
A couple of protected areas occur within the range of this species. Protected areas are needed to safeguard its rainforest swamp habitat. Its distribution needs to be better documented.
Stephen Richards, Rainer Günther 2004. Litoria havina. In: IUCN 2014