Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia
Northern end of Fraser Island south to Jervis Bay in mid-eastern New South Wales
The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 58600 km2
No information on population, size, structure and dynamics.
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Occupies a variety of habitats, but most commonly seen in the vicinity of temporary coastal
swamps (wallum). These areas typically have low nutrient soils and heath, sedgeland,
Melaleuca swamp or Banksia woodland vegetation.
Active during the day. Spring and summer breeder.
Trends and Threats
Continuing decline in area of occupancy, number of locations, number of mature individuals.
Severely fragmented habitat – it was assumed that the population is naturally fragmented, but
increasing fragmentation through habitat destruction and degradation, particularly mainland
Clearing for agriculture, pine plantations, housing and infrastructure. They occur in an area with
the highest rate of human population growth in Australia.
Other threats include habitat degradation through alterations in hydrology and increased nutrient
loads, invading weeds and competition from competing frog species and inappropriate fire
Protected where it occurs in National Parks, e.g. Fraser Island.
Barker, J., Grigg, G. C., and Tyler, M. J. (1995). A Field Guide to Australian Frogs. Surrey Beatty and Sons, New South Wales.
Hines, H., Mahony, M. and McDonald, K. (1999). ''An assessment of frog declines in wet subtropical Australia.'' Declines and Disappearances of Australian Frogs. A. Campbell, eds., Environment Australia, Canberra, 44-63.
Moore, J.A. (1961). ''Frogs of eastern New South Wales.'' Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History , 121(3), 151-386.
Written by J.-M. Hero; H. Hines; E. Meyer; D. Newell (m.hero AT mailbox.gu.edu.au), Griffith University
First submitted 2002-04-05
Edited by Ambika Sopory, Jean-Marc Hero (2008-09-16)
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