The type series of this recently described species was collected in the foothills within 1km of the former Biological Station of Pusppenssat, 54km along the Nabire-Mapia road, about 30km in a direct line from Nabire, in Papua, Indonesia. Specimens that possibly also belong to the same species (although this has not yet been confirmed) have also been collected from Wapoga Alpha Camp, 120km east-north-east in a direct line from Nabire. The type series was collected between 650 and 850m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It has been located in a mixture of primary and secondary rainforest, where adults were mainly found close to mountain streams, but were also found close to two permanent pools that had through-flowing water. Most of the specimens were found perched on vegetation 0.5-1.5m above the ground, although some were also observed on rocks in the waterbodies. Larvae were found in small pools alongside slow-running sections of the streams. This species can tolerate habitat disturbance: specimens were collected close to a road and in rural villages.
There is no information on the overall population status of this species, which is only known from the type series.
The threats to this species are not known.
There is no information on conservation measures for this species.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient since it has only recently been described, and there is still very little information on its extent of occurrence, status, threats and ecological requirements.
Rainer Günther 2004. Papurana aurata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58552A89362918. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58552A11801899.en .Downloaded on 21 January 2019