This species is known only from below 300m asl in the vicinity of Lae, Papua New Guinea, although it might also occur in the Adelbert Mountains.
Habitat and Ecology
It is found beneath leaf-litter in rainforest, and can possibly adapt to degraded habitats. Breeding is by direct development in this species.
Only three specimens have been collected, but it appeared to be common in its type locality.
Although the forest at the type locality has been destroyed by infrastructure development, clearly posing a threat to this species, the surrounding habitats remain intact.
The extent of occurrence and population status of this species needs to be determined. 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, James Menzies 2004. Xenorhina subcrocea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58039A11721092. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58039A11721092.en .Downloaded on 19 February 2019