This species is known from widely scattered localities in southern New Guinea and the Aru Islands. There is also an isolated population in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. It occurs at very low elevations, probably below 50m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species inhabits savannah areas. It breeds in temporary pools and swampy areas. It is tolerant of a degree of habitat modification, inhabiting some rural gardens and villages.
This is a locally abundant species.
There are no known threats. It probably mainly occupies open grassland habitats through a wide area and so is under little threat from forest clearance.
Its Extent of Occurrence, habitat requirements and population status need to be better documented. Its range overlaps with a few protected areas however these are in need of better management.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Stephen Richards, Fred Parker 2004. Litoria congenita. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T55715A11355079. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T55715A11355079.en .Downloaded on 16 January 2019