This recently described species is known only from the type locality of Upaelisafupi Stream, Cloudy Mountains, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea. It might be endemic to the Cloudy Mountains, as it has not been observed in the nearby Pini Range or in the southern end of the Owen Stanley Mountains, though it probably occurs at least a little more widely than has been mapped to date. The type series was collected at 700m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
All specimens of this species were collected 1.5-2.5m above the ground in low vegetation adjacent to a small, rocky, mountain stream in closed-canopy tropical forest. This species is believed to breed in streams.
It is known only from the type series, so its population status is not known.
The threats to this species are not known.
It has not so far been recorded from any protected areas.
Fred Kraus, Allen Allison 2004. Litoria rubrops. In: IUCN 2014