Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia
Range and Population
In the southern mountain ranges of Tasmania in approximately 15 locations. The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 4200 km2 and is bounded by Hartz Mountains in the north-east, Mt Sprent in the north-west, Mt La Perouse in the south-east and Bathurst Harbour in the south-west.
Habitat and Ecology
Moist, cool, alpine habitat. Poorly drained sites in moorland (shrubland and heath) and rainforest.
In spring and early summer, males call from the ground beneath rocks, logs and low dense vegetation and breeding chambers with sphagnum and lichen. Females spend breeding season in a chamber with a male. About 6-15 eggs are laid in nests in moss or lichen. Direct development.
Trends and Threats
None known, but it has been noted nests are vulnerable to trampling by animals and people (researchers or tourists).
Habitat is mostly within reserves.
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Barker, J., Grigg, G. C., and Tyler, M. J. (1995). A Field Guide to Australian Frogs. Surrey Beatty and Sons, New South Wales.
Rounsevell, D.E., Ziegeler, D., Brown, P.B., Davies, M., and Littlejohn, M.J. (1994). '' A new genus and species of frog (Anura: Leptodactylidae: Myobatrachinae) from southern Tasmania.'' Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia , 118(3), 171-185.
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 (2008-09-16)
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