This species is known only from the area of Sg. Silau-Silau and Sg. Liwago on Mount Kinabalu in Kinabalu National Park, Sabah, Malaysia. It has been recorded at elevations between 1,400–1,500 m asl and its estimated extent of occurrence (EOO) is 48 km2.
Habitat and Ecology
This species inhabits tropical montane rainforest. Males call from perches on the leaves of shrubs and bushes above the ground. It is presumed to breed by direct development.
There is no information on the current population status of this species.
There are no major threats to this species, as it occurs entirely within a well-protected and well-managed national park (P. Yambun pers. comm. January 2018).
The species is only known from Kinabalu National Park.
Continued management of Kinabalu National Park in Sabah is necessary for the conservation of this species.
There is a need for further survey work to determine the population status of this species. There is a need for taxonomic research for all Philautus species occurring in Malaysian Borneo.
Red List Status
Listed as Least Concern since, although its estimated extent of occurrence (EOO) is 48 km2, it occurs in a well-protected and well-managed national park, where suitable habitat remains, and there are no known threats to the species.
We follow Bossuyt and Dubois (2001) in considering Philautus gunungensis to be separate from P. aurantium.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2018. Philautus gunungensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T58851A123693686. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-1.RLTS.T58851A123693686.en .Downloaded on 21 January 2019