This species is known from Basilan, Biliran, Bohol, Dinagat, Leyte, Samar, and many parts of Mindanao, in the southern and eastern islands of the Philippines. It probably occurs more widely than current records suggest.
Habitat and Ecology
It is usually found on the forest floor in leaf-litter of montane and lowland rainforests and is dependent on mountain streams where it breeds. Tadpoles are suspension feeders and prefer quiet pools in streams.
It is generally common.
Major threats include the loss of the lowland rainforest due to logging, and the pollution of mountain streams and rivers, due to agricultural effluents and mine-tailings.
Some populations of this species are protected in national parks, such as Mount Malindang National Park, and other protected areas, although there is a need for improved protection on Mindanao, Leyte, Samar, and Bohol to protect the remaining forest on these islands.
Red List Status
This species was removed from the synonymy of Megophrys montana by Iskandar (1998), where it had been placed previously by Inger (1954).
Arvin Diesmos, Angel Alcala, Rafe Brown, Leticia Afuang, Genevieve Gee, Mae Leonida Diesmos, Aldrin Mallari, Perry Ong, Marisol Pedregosa, Dondi Ubaldo, Baldwin Gutierrez 2004. Megophrys stejnegeri. In: IUCN 2014