This species was formerly known only from its type locality: Totoiya in the Bulawa Mountains, in Sulawesi, Indonesia. At the time, the precise location of the type locality had not been determined and its range could not be mapped. The species is now reported from localities in North, Central, West, South, and Southeast Sulawesi provinces, and Buton Island (Hamidy and Kurniati 2015, Gillespie et al. 2015, Kaprawi 2015, Khairunnissa 2014, Wanger et al. 2011, Van Kampen 1923), with an elevational range of 300–1,700 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This arboreal frog occurs in primary and secondary lowland and montane forest. It breeds and deposits its eggs in pools, ponds, and swamps.
The species is uncommon, but easy to find when breeding. Its population may be decreasing due to ongoing decline in the quality and extent of its habitat.
Habitat destruction and degradation caused by expanding human settlements, agricultural activities, and habitat conversion into oil palm plantations; nickel mining is taking place in the lowlands of the southeast part of the main island.
The species is known from several protected areas, including Tahura Grand Forest Park, Ganda Dewata National Park, Lore Lindu National Parks, Lombuyan Wildlife Reserve, and Nantu Wildlife Sanctuary on mainland Sulawesi, and Lambusango and Kakenauwe Forest Reserves on Buton Island.
Further work is required to better understand the population size, distribution, and trends.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution and presumed large population.
According to the original description, this species closely resembles and is sympatric with Rhacophorus monticola.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2018. Rhacophorus edentulus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T58991A97035954. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T58991A97035954.en .Downloaded on 16 December 2018