This species is known in Australia from the Mc Ilwraith Ranges and northern Cape York Peninsula in northern Queensland. It is widespread throughout the lowlands and foothills of New Guinea, where it occurs up to 1,500m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species is closely associated with rainforest streams and rocky creek beds in lowland and foothill rainforests. It is a spring and summer breeder. About 800-900 eggs are laid in a sticky clump in a slow-moving water body. Tadpoles are adapted to flowing water. Development is complete within 60-80 days. It also persists in gardens and disturbed habitats such as slow streams running through gardens and re-growth forest.
In New Guinea it is an extremely abundant species.
In the past habitat loss through logging was a threat in Queensland. Now threats are more likely to be habitat degradation through recreation or agricultural practices, like grazing that affects water quality. In New Guinea there are no major threats to this species.
The range of the species includes a few protected areas within its range. There are no conservation measures required at present for this abundant species.
Jean-Marc Hero, Richard Retallick, Stephen Richards, Hellen Kurniati 2004. Litoria eucnemis. In: IUCN 2014