This species is known only from the type locality, Moroka, at 700m asl, in Papua New Guinea. Animals that fit the description of this species, but which are not yet confirmed as being of this species, are widespread in south-eastern Papua New Guinea.
Habitat and Ecology
It is presumably a forest inhabitant that breeds by direct development.
t is known only from the type series, described in 1898.
No data are available.
As there have been no confirmed records of this species for over 100 years, there is an urgent need to determine its current status, and the correct identities of the animals (which fit its description) that are widespread in south-eastern Papua New Guinea.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of the absence of recent information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
Stephen Richards, Richard Zweifel 2004. Cophixalus ateles. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57771A11682231. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57771A11682231.en .Downloaded on 23 January 2019