This species is known only from Buon Luoi, An Khe, in Gia Lai Province in southern Viet Nam. It is uncertain whether or not it is restricted to a small range, or whether or not it is more widespread but has not been recognized as distinct because of its similarity to other Philautus species (which are a very difficult group to distinguish between). It has been recorded from 700-750m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
All the known specimens were collected from shrubs and grassy vegetation along a steep rocky stream in evergreen forest. This species is presumed to breed by direct development, although this has not been confirmed.
Only a single population is known, from which eleven animals were collected in 1995 (Inger et al. 1999).
It might be threatened by the substantial forest and stream degradation occurring on the Kon Tum plateau (Darevsky and Orlov 1997; Inger et al. 1999).
Its known range is not within any protected area. Further surveys to locate additional populations are needed. In the absence of adequate information on threats, no conservation measures can be suggested beyond the recommendation that the type locality be conserved.
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.
Peter Paul van Dijk, Raoul Bain 2004. Philautus abditus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58807A11842237. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58807A11842237.en .Downloaded on 21 November 2018