This species is known only from Gunung Mulu National Park, in Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia. It is believed to be locally endemic to the mountain (Inger et al. 2017). It is present at elevations of around 1,300 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species lives in the shrub stratum of submontane and montane forests. Males call in groups, and from vegetation up to 4 m off the ground (Inger et al. 2017). Breeding takes place by direct development, with eggs deposited on the wet forest floor, in which the froglets develop (Inger et al. 2017). Its advertisement call is described by Inger et al. (2017). Males are 23-28 mm in size, but the size of the females is unknown (Inger et al. 2017).
The population status of this species is unknown.
This species is only known from Gunung Mulu National Park, which is well protected and not threatened at present (Y.M. Pui and I. Das pers. comm. March 2018).
This species occurs in Gunung Mulu National Park, which is well protected.
Continued management of Gunung Mulu National Park is necessary for the conservation of this species.
There is a need for targeted surveys to determine and monitor the population status of this species.
Red List Status
Listed as Least Concern because, although the distribution is limited, it occurs in a well-managed protected area for which there are no current threats.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2018. Philautus acutus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T58810A123693152. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-1.RLTS.T58810A123693152.en .Downloaded on 21 January 2019