This species is known only from a single mountain (Muruk Miau) in south-western Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. The single specimen was collected at 1,550m asl. It is thought likely to have a very limited distribution.
Habitat and Ecology
The specimen was found in recently logged oak forest, although it is probable that the usual habitat is primary montane forest. It presumably breeds by direct development.
Although it is presently known from only a single specimen, it might not be a rare species.
The species' habitat is potentially threatened in future by logging, although there is less logging at higher elevations, where the timber is less valuable.
The species has not been recorded from any protected areas, although the area where it was collected is within a proposed transboundary nature reserve. The establishment of effectively protected areas in the mountains around the type locality is essential. Directed surveys are recommended to establish the current population status of this species.
Red List Status
Listed as Vulnerable because it is known from only a single location.
Robert Inger, Djoko Iskandar, Indraneil Das, Robert Stuebing, Maklarin Lakim, Paul Yambun, Mumpuni 2004. Philautus erythrophthalmus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58838A11848222. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58838A11848222.en .Downloaded on 16 January 2019