This species is currently only known from its type locality: Gunung Murud, Sarawak, East Malaysia (northwestern Borneo), at 2,120 m asl (Das 2008). It is likely a summit specialist, known from an area smaller than 5 km2 (I. Das pers. comm. 2009).
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in montane forests with canopies reaching about 20 m. Individuals have been found at night on the edges of forest trails, up to two metres above ground. The tadpole remains unknown, although the species is suspected to breed in the pitchers of Nepenthes plants (Das 2008).
It is 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. 2009. Pelophryne murudensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T159222A5320596. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2009-2.RLTS.T159222A5320596.en