This recently described species is known from the type locality, 7km north of the village of Konti (about 12km north-east of Serui), and its vicinity, on Yapen Island, in Papua Province, Indonesia. It might also have been recorded at a second locality approximately 25km west of the type locality, although this requires confirmation and has not yet been mapped. The type locality is 650m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
The area where this species was collected is covered by patches of primary and secondary rainforest. Animals were found perched on fern fronds or leaves of shrubs 1.5-3.0m above the ground. Like other species in the genus, this is presumably a species that breeds by direct development.
The population status of this species is not known.
The threats to this species are not known.
It might be present in Pulau Yapen Tengah Nature Reserve.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient since it has only recently been described, and there is still very little information on its extent of occurrence, threats, status and ecological requirements.
Rainer Günther 2004. Cophixalus balbus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57772A11682319. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57772A11682319.en