This species occurs in the mountains of central and western New Guinea (Indonesia and Papua New Guinea), but is severely under-recorded. Known localities include: the Wapoga River headwaters in West Papua; the Jimi River in Papua New Guinea; the Baliem Valley in West Papua; and 30km southeast of Nabire (West Papua). Its altitudinal range is 700-1,700m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species inhabits streams in rainforest. It breeds in large mountain streams. It has been found in degraded habitats, including rural gardens.
It is an uncommon species.
There is little information, though it is eaten locally. This probably does not constitute a threat, but would become so if this becomes part of an international trade for food.
The distribution and population status of this species need to be documented. It occurs in the Jimi River Wildlife Management Area.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Although this species is known mainly from isolated records from a large area, it is listed as Least Concern in view of its likely wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Stephen Richards, Hellen Kurniati, Rainer Günther 2004. Papurana jimiensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58626A89363760. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58626A11815431.en .Downloaded on 21 January 2019