This species is known only from the type locality, Mount Talakmau, in West Sumatra, Indonesia, at 1,200 m asl. It might be known from additional specimens, however taxonomic work is underway to confirm this (D. Iskandar, M. Kamsi, Mediyansyah and M. Munir pers. comm. May 2017).
Habitat and Ecology
It presumably occurs in montane forest, and, like other species of the genus, breeds by direct development.
The population status of this species is unknown; it is known only from the holotype.
The type locality has already been completely cleared of forest for smallholder farming, and there is also the risk of volcanic eruption.
It occurs in a locally protected conservation area (M. Kamsi pers. comm. May 2017).
Additional research is needed to clarify the taxonomic status of this species (M. Kamsi, Mediyansyah and M. Munir pers. comm. May 2017). Further research on this species' distribution, population size and trends is recommended.
Red List Status
Listed as Data Deficient as this species is currently only known with certainty from the holotype. Taxonomic research is ongoing to confirm whether it is known from additional specimens.
The taxonomic status of this species is unclear (D. Iskandar, M. Kamsi, Mediyansyah and M. Munir pers. comm. May 2017).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2018. Philautus similis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T58907A114925391. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-1.RLTS.T58907A114925391.en .Downloaded on 23 January 2019