Cophixalus humicola
family: Microhylidae
subfamily: Asterophryinae
Species Description: Gunther R 2006 Two new tiny Cophixalus species with reduced thumbs from the west of New Guinea. Herpetozoa. 19 (1:2): 59-75
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: Indonesia



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species has been recorded from three areas in Papua Province, in the Indonesian part of New Guinea: 1) at 500 to 1,150m a.s.l. in the Waira and Amoman Mountains northeast of Serui, on Yapen Island, Cenderawasih Bay (1°47’S and 136°20’E); 2) on the New Guinea mainland along the Nabire-Mapia road at 750m a.s.l. (3°30’S, 135°44’E); and 3) in the Foya Mountains (02°36’S, 139°05’E) in northern New Guinea. It is likely to occur more widely, especially between known locations.

Habitat and Ecology

This species lives on the ground in primary and secondary rainforests, where they perch on bare humus soil and on, or in, leaf litter. It probably cannot survive in completely open-up habitats (R. Günther, pers. comm.). The species presumably breeds by direct development, depositing its eggs in damp terrestrial habitats, without dependence on aquatic ecosystems.


It is rather rare in its only known localities (R. Günther, pers. comm.).

Population Trend


Major Threats

The species might be at risk in at least some of its sites from selecting logging and clear-felling (R. Günther, pers. comm.). However, it seems to be a widespread species, so it is probably not seriously threatened.

Conservation Actions

Its only known sites are not in protected areas. Surveys are needed to determine the status, distribution and ecological requirements of the species, and to determine whether or not there are any threats. If its range proves to be genuinely small, a protected area should be established.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern in view of its probable wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.


Rainer Günther 2008. Cophixalus humicola. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T135734A4194782. .Downloaded on 19 February 2019


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