This species is known only from a small area at altitudes of 550-650m asl around the headwaters of the Ok Tedi River in the Star Mountains in Western Province, Papua New Guinea. Its distribution remains largely undocumented.
Habitat and Ecology
This species occurs in swamps in tropical rainforest. It lays its eggs on leaves overhanging streams, and when hatched the larvae fall into the water below.
It has been observed as abundant in swamps but it might be declining locally.
It is threatened by forest clearance taking place for development of mining infrastructure and for new villages associated with the Ok Tedi mine.
The forest in the vicinity of the Ok Tedi mine needs urgent protection.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient since it has only recently been discovered, and there is still very little information on its Extent of Occurrence, population status and ecological requirements.
Stephen Richards, David Bickford 2004. Litoria majikthise. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T55735A11359439. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T55735A11359439.en .Downloaded on 21 November 2018