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, and from a second site 5km north-west of the type locality (also on Yapen Island) at altitudes of 900-1,150m asl. It might occur more widely.
Habitat and Ecology
The type series was collected in dense vegetation under closed-canopy rainforest. The frogs were perched on leaves and shrubs between 1 and 3m above the ground. Like other species in the genus, this is presumably a species that breeds by direct development.
There is no information available on the population status of this species.
It might be threatened by selective logging, which was recorded in the area where the type series was collected.
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 waira. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57933A11705580. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57933A11705580.en .Downloaded on 20 January 2019