This species is known only from the type locality, Mount Michael, Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea, at 3,100m asl. It has not been recorded from other mountain ranges nearby suggesting that it might be endemic to Mount Michael.
Habitat and Ecology
This species inhabits montane rainforest and alpine grassland. Like other species in the genus, it presumably breeds by direct development.
There are no records of this species since it was first described in 1962, but there have been no surveys of the area since.
There is a high human population density in the lowlands of Mount Michael, which is placing increasing pressure on the forests at higher elevations.
Mount Michael is currently not included within any protected area. Survey work is needed to determine the current population status of this species, and to ascertain whether there are any major threats within its range.
Red List Status
Listed as Vulnerable because it is known from only a single location.
Stephen Richards, David Bickford 2004. Cophixalus nubicola. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57781A11673412. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57781A11673412.en .Downloaded on 19 January 2019