This species was formerly only known only from West Sumatra, Indonesia. It is now also known from several additional localities in Sumatra: Gunung Tutung, Kapi (Gunung Leuser National Park), and the vicinity of Tele, Samosir in Aceh Province; Lubuk Selasih and Danau Tujuh in West Sumatra Province; Renah Kayu Embun in Jambi Province; Bukit Kaba, Rejang Lebong in Bengkulu Province; Gunung Dempo in South Sumatra Province; and Ngarip in Lampung Province (Indonesia Red List Assessment Workshop May 2017). Its elevational range is 850–1,700 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species inhabits primary and secondary submontane and montane forests along streams, but has also been found in tea, coconut palm and coffee plantations, and vegetable and rice cultivations bordering the forest edge (M. Kamsi, Mediyansyah and M. Munir pers. comm. May 2017). It breeds in streams.
In the previous assessment, it was considered to be a rare species; however, it is now apparent that its relative abundance is highly variable depending on when the species is breeding (M. Kamsi, Mediyansyah and M. Munir pers. comm. May 2017). There were no records at the type locality since its discovery until it was rediscovered 200 km to the north near Padang, above 1,000 m asl, in 2001. One individual was recorded around Lubuk Selasih in Solok District (Inger and Iskandar 2005). Since the 2004 assessment, it has been found at many additional localities, sometimes in high abundance and other times in low abundance (M. Kamsi, Mediyansyah and M. Munir pers. comm. May 2017). Its population status is presumed to be stable.
The main threats to this species are represented by illegal logging and the clearance of its habitats for paddy fields, tea cultivation, and vegetable gardens. However, there seems little reason to expect its population to be under immediate threat given its tolerance of disturbed areas.
This species occurs in the Kerinci Seblat National Park, Gunung Leuser National Park, Bukit Kaba Recreation Park, and possibly in the Lembah Anai Nature Reserve.
Further research on this species' distribution, population size and trends is recommended.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification and presumed large population.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2018. Rhacophorus poecilonotus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T59013A97453761. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T59013A97453761.en .Downloaded on 17 January 2019