This species is known only from the vicinity of the type locality, "Hatam" (probably near Makwam), in the northern Arfak Mountains, Vogelkop Peninsula, Papua, Indonesia, at 1,500m asl. The name of the type locality is not actually a place but the name of the local people in this area.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in montane forest, where it is probably a terrestrial species, rather than fossorial, based on its morphological evidence. It is presumably a species that breeds by direct development.
There is no information on the population status of this species, which is known from only three specimens.
Its habitat might potentially be threatened by smallholder farming, which is common in this area.
This species' range includes Arfak Mountains National Park.
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, James Menzies 2004. Xenorhina ophiodon. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58035A11720729. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58035A11720729.en .Downloaded on 18 November 2018