Papurana milneana
family: Ranidae
Species Description: Kraus F, Allison A 2007 Taxonomic Notes on Frogs of the Genus Rana from Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea. Herpetol Monog 21:33-75.
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Papua New Guinea


View distribution map using BerkeleyMapper.


From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known with certainty only from southeastern Papua New Guinea, with records from: the mountains behind Port Moresby; the foothills of Mount Obree in Central Province; the southern Owen Stanley Mountains; Fergusson and Normanby islands in the D’Entrecasteaux group; and Kwatto island (just off the southermost part of New Guinea) (Kraus and Allison, 2007). Records from Sudest (Tagula) island in the Louisiade Archipelago have been provisionally assigned to this species (Kraus and Allison, 2007). Its distribution is still very poorly known, and it might occur elsewhere. It has been recorded from sea-level up to 800m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

This species occupies low-elevation and mid-elevation streams in forest with flow rates varying from fast to stagnant (Kraus and Allison, 2007). Adults are most often encountered at night along the banks and in the beds of streams with substrates of cobbles, rocks, or boulders. Animals have occasionally been found traversing the forest at night on ridges well away from water. It breeds in streams. It adapts to anthropogenic environments, occurring, for example, along somewhat disturbed lowland streams in secondary habitats (F. Kraus pers comm.).


It is a fairly common species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

It is an adaptable species for which there are no obvious threats.

Conservation Actions

It has not been confirmed to occur in any protected areas.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution, presumed large population, tolerance of modified habitats, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Taxonomic Notes

Kraus and Allison (2007) resurrected this species from the synonymy of Rana daemeli. It is closely related to R. aurata and R. volkerjane.


Fred Kraus 2008. Papurana milneana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T136040A89364047. .Downloaded on 14 December 2018


IUCN Terms of Use