This species is known only from a single locality on Samar Island, in the Philippines. Its distribution cannot be mapped, as its precise range is not known. There is still continuing doubt over its validity as a species (Brown et al. 2010).
Habitat and Ecology
This species reportedly inhabits arboreal microhabitats in lower montane and lowland forests, and presumably breeds in water by larval development.
The population status of this species is unknown. It has not been recorded for 150 years, presumably because of a lack of herpetological work within its range.
Possible threats to this species include small-scale logging and the conversion of its major habitat, the lowland rainforest, to agricultural land.
This species does not occur in any protected areas.
Additional specimens need to be collected to confirm its taxonomic validity.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of the absence of recent information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements, and doubt surrounding its taxonomic validity.
This species' taxonomic validity is not certain. It is only dubiously distinguishable from Polypedates leucomystax (Brown et al. 2010).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2018. Polypedates hecticus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T58950A58482798. .Downloaded on 19 January 2019