This species is currently known only from the Southern Highlands Province in Papua New Guinea. All records so far have been from streams near Moro Camp (6°21.833’S, 143°13.481’E) at 800m asl, and the Benaria River (6°03.287’S and 142°58.707’E) at 1,345m asl, both of these sites being within the Kikori Integrated Conservation and Development Project Area. It is expected to occur more widely.
Habitat and Ecology
Male specimens have been encountered in riparian rainforest, where they called from branches 3-10m above ground, overhanging torrential streams. It is assumed to breed in streams by larval development.
Many frogs were heard at its only known sites.
There is no information on threats to this species.
It occurs in the Kikori Integrated Conservation and Development Project Area, where its habitat is conserved. Further studies are needed into the distribution, abundance, threats and general ecology of the species.
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.
Stephen Richards 2008. Litoria spartacus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T135896A4217781. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T135896A4217781.en .Downloaded on 16 January 2019