This species is widespread in Fiji on the islands of Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Ovalau and Taveuni, occurring at approximately 50-800m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is naturally a forest species, living especially along streams in giant Pandanus, bird's nest ferns and the common lily (Colospermum montanum). It is also found, though at much lower densities, in rural gardens, plantations, and in pandans in pastureland. It breeds by direct development, the eggs being laid in leaf axils. The clutch size is less than 30 eggs.
It can be locally common in suitable areas, in particular in mature, wet forest along streams, but is much less common in secondary and degraded habitats.
The main threat to this species is probably forest loss due to small-scale subsistence wood extraction, and logging.
It has been confirmed as occurring in Tomaniivi Nature Reserve, Colo-I-Suva Forest Park, Garrick Memorial Park, Bouma Forest Reserve, and Savura Forest Reserve. The main priority conservation measure for this species is the conservation of mature forest, especially along streams.
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Listed as Near Threatened because its Extent of Occurrence is probably less than 20,000 km2, but the species is adaptable and survives in disturbed habitats.
George Zug, Dick Watling, Clare Morrison 2004. Cornufer vitiensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58484A11775844. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58484A11775844.en .Downloaded on 19 February 2019