This species is known from two localities in north-central Papua, Indonesia, and presumably occurs in the extensive suitable habitat in this region. Current records are from below 300m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in lowland rainforest, including in degraded and disturbed habitats (it has been found in an area that had been very heavily logged), where it breeds in temporary and permanent swamps and pools.
It is reasonably abundant.
It is unlikely to be majorly threatened by changing patterns of land use, particularly since it is known to persist in degraded rainforest habitats.
It is not known from any protected areas, although further survey work should be conducted to better document its distribution.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient since it has only recently been discovered, and there is still very little information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
Stephen Richards, Rainer Günther 2004. Litoria elkeae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T55721A11356645. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T55721A11356645.en .Downloaded on 21 January 2019