This species is patchily distributed in Bohol, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao in the Philippines. It has been recorded between 1,000–2,200 m asl. It probably occurs a little more widely than current records suggest.
Habitat and Ecology
This species inhabits arboreal microhabitats in riverine areas in montane and lowland forests, and is able to survive in slightly disturbed habitats. It breeds in water by larval development.
It is locally common. Due to ongoing decline in the quality and extent of its habitat, the population is suspected to be decreasing.
The major threats to this species include the loss of lowland rainforest (as a result of agriculture and logging), and the pollution of mountain streams and rivers due to agricultural effluents and mine tailings.
This species is present in several protected areas.
Conservation measures must include the regulation and proper disposal of pesticides, herbicides, and mine tailings and the protection of the remaining rainforest, especially riverine habitats and gallery forests.
More information is needed on the population size, distribution, and trends.
Red List Status
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution and presumed large population.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2018. Pelophryne lighti. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T54868A58477379. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T54868A58477379.en .Downloaded on 20 January 2019