This recently described species is known only from the type locality of Upaelisafupi Stream, Cloudy Mountains, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea. It might be endemic to the Cloudy Mountains, as it has not been observed in the nearby Pini Range or in the southern end of the Owen Stanley Mountains, though it probably occurs at least a little more widely than has been mapped to date. The type series was collected at 700m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
All specimens of this species were collected 1.5-2.5m above the ground in low vegetation adjacent to a small, rocky, mountain stream in closed-canopy tropical forest. This species is believed to breed in streams.
It is known only from the type series, so its population status is not known.
The threats to this species are not known.
It has not so far been recorded from any protected areas.
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, status and ecological requirements.
Fred Kraus, Allen Allison 2004. Litoria rubrops. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T55751A11361304. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T55751A11361304.en .Downloaded on 23 January 2019