This species is known from Goodenough Island and the Cloudy Mountains of the southernmost mainland of Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea. It has been recorded from about 800-1,600m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species is found below ground in lowland hill forest to montane forest. It presumably breeds by direct development, like other species in the genus.
Only two specimens were collected from Goodenough Island, but calls heard during collection suggested a common species within its small range.
The habitat on Goodenough Island is heavily impacted by gardening and fires, as well as expanding human populations, up to 300m asl, though it remains intact at higher altitudes.
Its range includes Oia Mada Wara Wildlife Management Area on Goodenough Island. Further survey work is needed to better determine the population status and distribution of this species on other islands in Milne Bay, as well as on the mainland.
Red List Status
Listed as Vulnerable because it is known from fewer than five locations.
Stephen Richards, Allen Allison, Fred Kraus 2004. Copiula minor. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57796A11677128. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57796A11677128.en .Downloaded on 14 December 2018