Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia
Found along the east coast of Australia. From far-north Queensland along
the coast through New South Wales and into Victoria and the south-east corner
of South Australia.
The area of occurrence of the species is approximately
Species is widespread and abundant and there is anecdotal evidence
to suggest that the species may be increasing in numbers and extending its
range in Queensland. It is often referred to as a weed species in Queensland.
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Can be found in many habitats including: rainforests, wet and dry forests,
woodlands, shrublands, open and disturbed areas. They also frequent swamps,
flooded grassland, suburban pools and ponds. Secretive by day, hiding under
logs, stones or leaf litter and it can burrow.
Breeding occurs from August to March. Males call by day hidden in thick
vegetation, forest debris or overhanging ledges. At night they call from the
water floating in concealed sites. Females lay 700 - 1000 eggs in a foam nest
tangled in vegetation (reeds and rushes) at the water's edge.
Trends and Threats
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.
Written by J-M Hero et al. (m.hero AT mailbox.gu.edu.au), Griffith University, Australia
First submitted 2002-10-09
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-18)
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