This species is known only from the type locality, "on the west slope of Mount Riu, on Tagula (Sudest) Island, in the Louisiade Archipelago, Papua New Guinea" (Zweifel 1962). Its altitudinal range is 250-350m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is found in tropical rainforest, and presumably breeds by direct development.
It has not been recorded since it was first collected in 1956, and only three specimens are known.
There are no known threats to this species. The forest on Tagula (Sudest) Island was damaged by logging 100 years ago, but has since recovered, and there are no immediate plans for logging.
The distribution, habitat requirements and population status of this species need to be determined. It is not known from any protected areas.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of the absence of recent information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
Stephen Richards, Richard Zweifel 2004. Cophixalus tagulensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57788A11674939. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57788A11674939.en .Downloaded on 10 December 2018