This species from New Guinea is known from a single locality on the Tiri River, a small tributary of the Mamberamo River in the southern Mamberamo Basin, central Papua Province, Indonesia (3°17'30"S,138°34'53"E) (Richards et al., 2007). It is expected to occur more widely.
Habitat and Ecology
Males have been found calling from palm leaves 4–6 metres above the water in a shallow swamp in primary lowland rainforest (Richards et al., 2007). The breeding season seems to be independent of substantial rainfall (Richards et al., 2007). It presumably breeds by larval development.
There is no information on its abundance.
There is no information on threats to this species.
There are no direct conservation measures in place for this species, and it is not known from any protected areas. 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 purpureolata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T135895A4217680. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T135895A4217680.en .Downloaded on 20 January 2019