For the purposes of this assessment (in view of the taxonomic uncertainties associated with this species), its distribution is considered to be limited to the Aru Islands and Misool Island (where it was originally described). Although it possibly also occurs on mainland western Papua, Indonesia, this has not been confirmed (Richards pers. comm.).
Habitat and Ecology
Its habitat is unknown, but it probably occurs in coastal lowlands, in rainforest or swampy habitats.
Its population status is unknown.
There are no specific threats known for this species. However, the Aru Islands are being logged and cleared for agricultural land, which is most likely affecting its habitat.
The distribution, habitat requirements and population status of this species need to be determined. Its range as currently defined does not overlap any protected areas.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainty as to its taxonomic status, as well as the absence of recent information on its Extent of Occurrence, population status and ecological requirements.
Many of the populations currently identified as Litoria aruensis probably do not belong to this species, but are likely to represent other taxa related to L. gracilenta (Richards pers. comm.).
Stephen Richards, Djoko Iskandar 2004. Litoria aruensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T55709A11353492. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T55709A11353492.en .Downloaded on 16 November 2018