There are no conservation actions in place for this species. Research into the population and distribution is recommended.
This species was originally described from the Ayamaru Lakes in the middle of the Birds Head Peninsula of West Papua Province, Indonesia. It has not been seen there since the first specimens were captured in 1955, but it is unclear if specimens were collected from the lake itself or streams in the vicinity. It possibly now survives only in the nearby Kaliwensi River (Kadarusman et al. 2010).
This species may only survive in the Kaliwensi River, near to its type locality in the Ayamaru lakes (Kadarusman et al. 2010).
Invasive species, including tilapia, goldfish and snakehead, are the primary threat to this species.