Oxydactyla alpestris
family: Microhylidae
subfamily: Asterophryinae
Species Description: Zweifel, R. G. 2000. Partition of the Australopapuan Microhylid frog genus Sphenophryne with descriptions of new species. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History No.253.
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Papua New Guinea


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is widely distributed in the central mountains of Papua New Guinea from Mount Hagen in the west to Mount Otto in the east. It occurs at about 1,800-2,800m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

This species is found on saturated ground under moss in montane forest. It has not been observed in disturbed habitats. Like other species in the genus, it is presumably a species that breeds by direct development.


It is reportedly quite common.

Population Trend


Major Threats

There are no known threats to this species and its range is quite isolated.

Conservation Actions

The extent of occurrence of the species needs to be further documented. Its range does not include any protected areas.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern since, although its currently known Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 kmĀ², it occurs in an area of extensive, suitable habitat which appears not to be under significant threat, it has a presumed large population, and it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Taxonomic Notes

When the first assessment for this species was published (in 2004) it was under the generic name Oxydactyla. Peloso et al. (2016) transferred the species to the genus Copiula. This is not a reassessment of the status of this species; instead it is an updated version of the original assessment to reflect this taxonomic change.


Richards, S. & Parker, F. 2016. Copiula alpestris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T57940A91486206. .Downloaded on 11 December 2018


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