This species is known only from the vicinity of the type locality at around 1,500m asl near Agaun, in Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea. It is possibly more widespread in suitable habitat.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in montane rainforest, where it is secretive, terrestrial, and fossorial, and is not found in degraded habitats. Breeding in this species is by direct development.
It is locally abundant.
It might be threatened by forest loss as a result of expanding rural gardens.
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, Allen Allison 2004. Barygenys maculata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57708A11673324. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57708A11673324.en .Downloaded on 22 January 2019