This species is found in Indonesia at low altitudes on Siberut, Tanah Masa, Sipora, Pini and Sumatra, and in Peninsular Malaysia (from Johor to Kedah). There is a new record from Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary at 700m asl in Narathiwat Province, in extreme southern Thailand (Yodchaiy Chuaynkern pers. comm.).
Habitat and Ecology
This species inhabits rainforest at low to medium altitudes, including forest edges. In Thailand it has been found in clearings in the forest. They can live up to 30m above the ground in trees where they are very difficult to find, which might explain the relatively small number of records. They breed in temporary forest pools.
It is uncommon but has been recorded from several locations in all three countries in recent years. Normally only a few specimens are collected at a time.
Forest degradation is likely to be the major threat to this species, since it does not appear to survive in severely degraded habitats.
More information is needed before realistic conservation measures can be formulated for this species. Better management of Templer's Park, Selangor, would benefit the population there, and options to designate Gunung Benom a protected area should be explored. It occurs in several protected areas on Sumatra.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
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