This species is known from the central mountain ranges of Papua New Guinea from the vicinity of Wau, Morobe Province, to Western Highlands Province. There are also disjunctive populations in the Adelbert Mountains and on the Huon Peninsula. Its altitudinal range is 1,100-2,900m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species inhabits hill and montane rainforest, including formerly logged forest. It lives in low vegetation, and has also been found in landslides, rockslides, and rocky areas. It presumably breeds by direct development.
It is common where it is found.
It is probably not threatened.
It is not known from any protected areas.
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.
Stephen Richards, Fred Parker 2004. Cophixalus shellyi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57786A11674551. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57786A11674551.en .Downloaded on 19 January 2019