This species is known from the type locality on Mount Rossel, Rossel Island, at 700m asl, and has recently been collected in central Tagula (Sudest) Island from 150m asl, in Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea.
Habitat and Ecology
It is found in the leaf-litter of primary rainforest and cloud forest, and presumably breeds by direct development.
It was originally known only from a single specimen collected around 1960, but it has recently been collected again at the type locality as well as at the new locality of Tagula Island. It is not considered an uncommon species although it is not readily collected in large numbers either.
There are no major threats to this species at present. Tagula and Rossel Islands are very largely covered by primary or slightly disturbed rainforest and suitable habitat for this species is plentiful.
Its distribution, habitat requirements and abundance need to be properly documented. It is not known 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.
Stephen Richards, Richard Zweifel, Fred Kraus 2004. Austrochaperina yelaensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57702A11672137. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57702A11672137.en .Downloaded on 20 January 2019