This species is known from only a single locality in Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia, at 850m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It was collected in submontane mossy forest, and has so far not been found outside forest. Frogs were found perched on the leaves of shrubs at night. It breeds by direct development.
More than 20 individuals were seen in two nights at the type locality indicating that the species was locally abundant.
Although present within a formally gazetted protected area, its restricted range makes it particularly vulnerable to stochastic threatening processes.
The type locality is within the Lanjak Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary, but the effectiveness of this protection is unclear. There is a need to closely monitor the population status of this species.
Red List Status
Listed as Vulnerable because it is known from only a single location.
Robert Inger, Djoko Iskandar, Indraneil Das, Robert Stuebing, Maklarin Lakim, Paul Yambun, Mumpuni 2004. Philautus refugii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58891A11844887. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58891A11844887.en .Downloaded on 18 January 2019