Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia
There are three separate populations. One in the central arid zone of Western Australia from
Winning Pool east to Lake Disappointment and south to Morawa and Laverton. There is a small
area in the north-western corner of the Northern Territory. Another large area extends from
northern South Australia into New South Wales and south-western Queensland.
The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 1645500 km2.
Widely dispersed in habitat.
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Grasslands, temporary swamps, claypans and billabongs across diverse country and including
areas of impervious soil. It survives dry conditions by its ability to burrow up to 1m underground
and store water.
Spawn is laid in large masses of up to 500 eggs in temporary pools and static waters such as
those that occur during flooding.
Trends and Threats
Commonly sighted. No known declines and large extent of occurrence.
None in place.
Barker, J., Grigg, G. C., and Tyler, M. J. (1995). A Field Guide to Australian Frogs. Surrey Beatty and Sons, New South Wales.
Tyler, M.J., Smith, L.A., and Johnstone, R.E. (1994). Frogs of Western Australia. Western Australian Museum, Perth.
Written by J.-M. Hero et al. (m.hero AT mailbox.gu.edu.au), Griffith University
First submitted 2002-04-05
Edited by Ambika Sopory, Jean-Marc Hero (2008-09-15)
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