This recently described species is currently known only from the south-western foothills of Rakhine Yoma, Gwa Township, in Rakhine State in western Myanmar, at close to sea level.
Habitat and Ecology
Individuals were found in disturbed habitat between mountain evergreen forests and agricultural land, 1-2m above the ground in bushes. This species may be restricted to remaining secondary habitat in Rakhine as remnant populations, or (as with other Chirixalus species in Myanmar) they might prefer degraded habitats. Animals were not found in evergreen forests (Wilkinson et al. 2003). The eggs are deposited in foam nests, in particular on plants of the genus Arum, hanging over standing water. The larvae presumably develop in the water.
The animals were collected in a seasonal breeding chorus, so it was difficult to determine its abundance, and its population status remains unknown.
Given its adaptability to agricultural land, this species is unlikely to be significantly threatened.
It has been collected at the headquarters of Rakhine Yoma Elephant Wildlife Sanctuary, but apparently not within the protected area itself.
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, threats and ecological requirements.
Guinevere Wogan 2004. Chiromantis punctatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58793A11830668. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58793A11830668.en .Downloaded on 14 November 2018