This newly described species from Papua, Indonesia, is found at the base of the Wandamen Peninsula in the Wondowoi Mountains, at 400-800m asl. Some very similar animals have been found far away in the Crater Mountains of Papua New Guinea (Bickford pers. comm.), but their range has not been mapped in this assessment.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives under leaf-litter on the forest floor, and has only been found so far in mature forest. It presumably breeds by direct development.
This species has been found to be abundant during rain.
The area in which it occurs is scheduled for logging, which might be a threat.
Even though it occurs in the Wandamen Peninsula Nature Reserve, this area is not secure from logging.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient since it has only recently been discovered, and there is still very little information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
Rainer Günther, David Price 2004. Copiula major. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57795A11676929. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57795A11676929.en .Downloaded on 11 December 2018