This species is known from several large islands in the Solomon archipelago, including Bougainville and Buka in Papua New Guinea. Recent studies (S. Richards, unpubl.) suggest that this species might have a wide distribution in the Solomon Islands. It has been recorded from 700-1,500m asl on Bougainville, but in the Solomons it has been recorded only up to 250m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is found on low vegetation and trees in tropical rainforest, and also in good quality secondary forest. It breeds by direct development.
It is a very uncommon species.
Logging might be impacting some populations, particularly in the Solomons.
It has not been recorded from any protected areas. Given the increasing rate of forest loss within the Solomon Islands, especially at lower elevations, there is a definite need for improved habitat protection at sites where this species is known to occur.
This form probably represents two separate species.
Stephen Richards, Fred Parker 2004. Palmatorappia solomonis. In: IUCN 2014