This species from New Guinea is currently known only from the holotype collected at the Wapoga Alpha drill site (3º 08.687' S, 136º 34.423' E), Wapoga River headwaters, in Papua Province, Indonesia, at 1,070 m asl (Günther and Richards, 2006). It can be expected to occur more widely.
Habitat and Ecology
The holotype was collected from the branch of a spiny Pandanus “tree” about 1.8 m above the ground in forest (Günther and Richards, 2006). This forest is a transition between hill forest and closed-canopy lower montane rainforest, and is dominated by emergent Agathis trees (Mack and Alonso, 2000). Reproduction in this species has not been recorded, but it is presumably by direct development.
This species is currently known only from the holotype.
There are no obvious threats to this species at the present time (S. Richards, pers. comm.).
There are no direct conservation measures in place for this species, and it is not known from any protected areas. Further studies are needed into the distribution, abundance, threats and general ecology of the species.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient since it has only recently been described, and there is still very little known about its extent of occurrence, area of occupancy, status and ecological requirements.
Stephen Richards, Rainer Günther 2008. Xenorhina macrodisca. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T136077A4226989. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T136077A4226989.en .Downloaded on 17 December 2018