This is a poorly known species occurring in the north-western islands of the Solomons archipelago, from Isabel and New Georgia in the south, to Buka (in Papua New Guinea) in the north. Recent studies (S. Richards, unpubl.) suggest that this species is more widespread in the Solomon Islands than previously documented. It is a lowland species that probably occurs only up to about 50m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species is arboreal, and found in tropical rainforest. It possibly breeds in swamps in forests. In Bougainville it has been observed laying eggs on the vertical surface of trees above water-filled tree holes; the tadpoles then fall into the water.
There is no information on population status, but it most likely occurs at low densities.
The major threat to this species is habitat loss due to logging.
It is not recorded from any protected areas, so there is a need for improved habitat protection at the lowland sites where this species is known to occur. The distribution of this species requires further documentation.
Red List Status
Listed as Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat in the Solomons Archipelago.
Stephen Richards, Fred Parker 2004. Litoria lutea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T55733A11359255. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T55733A11359255.en .Downloaded on 24 February 2019