This recently described species is known only from collections made on Waira Mountain about 7km north-north-east of the village of Kontiunae (Konti), on Yapen Island, Papua, Indonesia, at 600-680m asl. It might occur more widely.
Habitat and Ecology
The type series was collected in dense vegetation under closed-canopy rainforest. The frogs were found in bird's nest ferns at heights of 4-10m above the ground. Like other species in the genus, this is presumably a direct developing species.
It was more abundant at the type locality than the sympatric Oreophryne waira.
Selective logging was recorded in the area where the type series was collected, and this might be a threat.
This species 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 known about its extent of occurrence, area of occupancy, status and ecological requirements.
Rainer Günther 2004. Oreophryne asplenicola. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57904A11698202. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57904A11698202.en .Downloaded on 18 January 2019