This species occurs in the southern lowlands of Papua New Guinea. Although its distribution is poorly documented, it probably occurs widely in monsoon forests and rainforest in southern New Guinea. It has not yet been recorded from Indonesia. All records are from below 100m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in closed-canopy rainforest, but also occurs in more open forest and moist savannah across southern New Guinea. It breeds in temporary pools, and survives in degraded habitats. It can tolerate bush fires.
It is locally abundant, but is sometimes hard to find.
It is unlikely to be at risk.
Its distribution, habitat requirements and population status need to be documented. It occurs in at least one protected area.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Stephen Richards, David Bickford 2004. Litoria dorsalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T55719A11355910. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T55719A11355910.en .Downloaded on 20 January 2019