Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia
South-east coast of Australia from south-east Queensland south along the coast of New South Wales, throughout Victoria and into the south-west corner of South Australia. Also found along the northern and eastern coasts of Tasmania. Five sub-species are recognised.The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 708300 km2.Common and widespread.
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Frequents all habitats except alpine areas, rainforest and extremely arid zones. Found commonly in suburban gardens, dams and swamps. Burrows in loamy soils and forages on the surface after rain. Breeds in dams, small lakes, marshes and slow-flowing streams.From August to April males may travel up to 1km to breeding sites. Males call in concealed positions, usually in floating vegetation. Up to 3 900 - 4 000 eggs are laid in a floating foam nest. In warm weather they complete development in 4 - 5 months in cold weather development may take 12 - 15 months.
Trends and Threats
No known declines and large extent of occurrence.
Expanding development along the east coast of Australia may pose a threat in the future.
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Martin, A.A. (1972). ''Studies in Australian amphibia III. The Limnodynastes dorsalis complex (Anura: Leptodactylidae).'' Australian Journal of Zoology, 20, 165-211.
Written by J-M Hero et al. (Griffith University), firstname.lastname@example.org
First submitted 2002-06-02
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-18)
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