Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia
Inhabits the dry and sandy region of central New South Wales and northern Victoria where it is
restricted to the floodplains of the Murray River.
The area of occurrence of the species is approximately 214800 km2.
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Adults have been found in open and disturbed areas and in natural woodland. Spend day light
hours and drier months buried beneath the surface. Have been found aestivating in mounds of
Males call in spring and summer whilst floating on vegetation or concealed in burrows at the
edges of dams. Breeds in swamps or dams and slow –flowing creeks with marginal vegetation.
Calling and oviposition take place in flooded burrows. Tadpoles are aquatic and usually
associated with slow or still waters.
Trends and Threats
Populations stable and apparently large. Extent of occurrence > 20,000km2.
Agriculture and land-use practices associated with the Murray Darling Basin.
None in place for the species, but management plans for the Murray-Darling Basin aim to
mitigate problems in this area and help to conserve some natural landscape.
Barker, J., Grigg, G. C., and Tyler, M. J. (1995). A Field Guide to Australian Frogs. Surrey Beatty and Sons, New South Wales.
Hero, J.-M., Littlejohn, M., and Marantelli, G. (1991). Frogwatch Field Guide to Victorian Frogs. Department of Conservation and Environment, Victoria.
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; H. Cogger; G. Gillespie and P. Robertson (m.hero AT mailbox.gu.edu.au), Griffith University
First submitted 2002-04-05
Edited by Ambika Sopory, Jean-Marc Hero (2008-09-18)
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