Oreophryne terrestris
family: Microhylidae
subfamily: Asterophryinae
Species Description: Richard G. Zweifel, Harold G. Cogger, and Stephen J. Richards, 2005 Systematics of microhylid frogs, genus Oreophryne, living at high elevations in New Guinea. Amer Mus Novit 3495
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Papua New Guinea


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known only from the type locality at 3,080m asl in Dokfuma Meadow south of Mount Capella, in the Star Mountains of West Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea.

Habitat and Ecology

The type locality is a subalpine meadow in karst terrain that has moss forest at higher altitudes. Many valleys and lower slopes are covered in open herb fields or fern fields of ferns, mosses, and scattered tussock grasses. Stands of tree ferns (Cyathea sp.) dominate the open areas, and large moss mounds (around 1m high and 1-2m wide) are scattered across the landscape, particularly near forest edges. The area also holds many small streams, often disappearing into sinkholes in the limestone rock. Males of this species usually call from the ground, rather than from elevated sites. This species is presumed to breed by direct development.


There is no information available on the population status of this species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

There are no significant known threats to it.

Conservation Actions

This species 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.


Richard Zweifel 2006. Oreophryne terrestris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T61858A12555944. .Downloaded on 20 January 2019


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