This species is known from the summit of Batu Linanit, Gunung Murud, Sarawak, East Malaysia (northwestern Borneo), at 2,250 m asl (Das 2008). It is likely a summit specialist, known from an area smaller than 1 km2 (I. Das pers. comm. 2009).
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in rhododendron forests. Individuals have been found at night, up to 15 cm above the forest substrate, at the edge of forest trails on exposed, wind-swept slopes. The tadpole is unknown, but the species is suspected to breed in pitchers of Nepenthes plants (Das 2008).
It is considered to be a locally common species (I. Das pers. comm. 2009).
Even though this species' type locality is within the proposed Pulong Tau National Park, it is subject to both subsistence and commercial logging. Clear-felling is also happening within parts of the proposed Park, although the type locality lies just outside the range of commercial hardwoods (I. Das pers. comm. 2009).
The species occurs within the realm of a proposed protected area, Pulong Tau National Park (I. Das pers. comm. 2009). Enforcement of the park's boundaries is needed to address logging issues within the park.
Red List Status
Critically Endangered (CR)
Listed as Critically Endangered because its extent of occurrence is less than 100 km², all individuals are in a single location, and there is a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in the Gunung Murud area due to logging activities.
Das, I. & Angulo, A. 2009. Pelophryne linanitensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T159223A5320745. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2009-2.RLTS.T159223A5320745.en