This species is known only from two areas in northern Papua New Guinea at 900-1,600m asl: the Adelbert Mountains, and the mountains of the Huon Peninsula. It is very poorly known. An animal that is almost certainly known to be this species was collected at 1,100m asl on the Huon Peninsula in 2003.
Habitat and Ecology
This species lives in rainforest and good secondary growth rainforest, in leaf-litter in very wet, mossy forest. It appears able to withstand a small degree of habitat disturbance, and it presumably breeds by direct development.
There is little information available regarding this species' population status, since there have been only a few records of it. The animals located in 2003 were abundant.
There are no major known threats to it.
Its distribution, habitat requirements and abundance need to be properly documented. It is not known from any protected areas.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainties as to its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
Stephen Richards, Richard Zweifel 2004. Austrochaperina mehelyi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57695A11666084. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57695A11666084.en .Downloaded on 16 November 2018