This species is widespread in the Gulf and Western Provinces of Papua New Guinea between the Purari and the Fly rivers, and including Daru Island, off the southern coast of Papua New Guinea. It is found from sea level up to 1,100m asl. Its range might extend further to the west and east, but this requires confirmation.
Habitat and Ecology
Some specimens collected from mainland New Guinea were found in a sago swamp. Specimens on Daru Island were found calling beside roadside ditches on the outskirts of town suggesting that it might be able to tolerate significant levels of habitat disturbance. It is a pond-breeding species with larval development. Further information is needed regards the habitat and ecology of this species.
It is an abundant species.
There are no known threats to the species at present.
It has not yet been recorded from any protected areas, however there are protected areas to the west of the species' current known range which it might occur in.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
This species has recently been separated from Litoria gracilenta (Menzies and Tyler, 2004).
James Menzies 2006. Litoria auae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T61781A12542848. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2006.RLTS.T61781A12542848.en .Downloaded on 22 January 2019