This species from New Guinea is currently known only from the type locality in the headwaters of the Wapoga River, in Papua Province, Indonesia: the Wapoga Alpha exploration camp (3º 08.687' S, 136º 34.423' E), at 1,070m asl) (Günther and Richards, 2005). It is expected to occur more widely.
Habitat and Ecology
This species has been found within torrential headwater streams at night, or on the riparian vegetation surrounding these streams. Specimens were also collected during the day from underneath stones in the streams (Günther and Richards, 2005). While the breeding biology of this species needs further research it is presumed to be a larval developing species within its associated stream habitats. There is no information on whether or not it can adapt to degraded habitats, but it probably would suffer if its stream habitat is degraded (S. Richards, pers. comm.).
It is common in its type locality (S. Richards, pers. comm.).
There are no obvious threats to this species at present (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)
Stephen Richards 2008. Litoria scabra. In: IUCN 2014