This species has a wide distribution in the eastern half of Papua New Guinea, including the Huon Peninsula and several islands off the eastern tip of the mainland. Its altitudinal range is from 60-1,750m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This is a riparian species that occurs in and next to small rocky streams in rainforest. It breeds by direct development, with nests with around 12 eggs in mud and sand chambers adjacent to streams. It has also been found in muddy streams in semi-degraded areas.
It is common where it occurs.
Given its wide distribution in remote areas, it is probably not seriously threatened at present.
Its distribution needs to be properly documented. It occurs in Crater Wildlife Management Area.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Stephen Richards, David Bickford, Fred Kraus 2004. Austrochaperina palmipes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57697A11666525. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57697A11666525.en .Downloaded on 10 December 2018