Cophixalus shellyi
family: Microhylidae
subfamily: Asterophryinae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Papua New Guinea


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

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.

Population Trend


Major Threats

It is probably not threatened.

Conservation Actions

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. .Downloaded on 19 January 2019


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