Although the species has not been recorded with certainty from a protected area, Buhisan dam is part of the Central Cebu Protected Landscape. There is an urgent need to secure the protection of remaining fragments of tropical moist forest on Cebu.
This species is endemic to Cebu Island in the Philippines (Brown and Alcala 1980). It was initially collected by Brown and Rabor (1967), who recorded it from 40km southwest of Cebu City (at the localities of Tapal, Mantalungon, Barile and Buhisan). It has also been possibly collected at Buhisan dam, and may be present at Alcoy and Tabunan (L.M. Paguntalan pers. comm. 2007). The map shows the approximate area of these localities.
The abundance of this species is poorly known. Brown and Rabor (1957) collected 13 specimens including the holotype.
Much of the original forest of Cebu has now been cleared, with remaining suitable habitat threatened through conversion to agro-forestry systems (including Gmelina arborea and teak plantations), mango plantations, and for the production of cut-flowers.
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