This species is widespread in the mountains of central New Guinea from the Star Mountains, Indonesia, in the west to at least Okapa in the eastern mountains of Papua New Guinea in the east. It is known to occur at 800-2,000m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs around swamps and small, slow streams in montane rainforest. It can survive in degraded habitats. It breeds in slow-flowing streams, swamps, and ditches along roads, laying its eggs on leaves above water, into which the larvae fall.
It is abundant throughout its range, but occurs patchily, and is not found in every stream where it would be expected.
There are no known threats.
Its distribution should be better documented. It occurs in the Crater Wildlife Management Area.
As currently recognized, this name possibly covers more than one taxon (S. Richards pers. comm.).
Stephen Richards, David Bickford 2004. Litoria iris. In: IUCN 2014