Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia
Found from south-east corner of Queensland, along the east coast of New South Wales and into central Victoria.The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 721300 km2Was considered the most common and widespread member of its genus, but populations have appeared to decline in some areas in recent years.
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Found in dry forest, woodland, shrubland and grassland. It shelters under leaf litter and other debris in moist soaks and depressions.Calling is from February to August and frogs have been noted calling in temperatures on only 4ºC. Between 70 – 200 large eggs are deposited terrestrially on damp leaf mould, in shallow nests or under stones and logs near water and hatch after rain floods the area and provide pools for tadpoles. Metamorphosis takes 3 – 7 months.
Trends and Threats
Formerly widespread species. Current status unknown. Population size, area of occupancy, population trends unknown.
None in place, except for where species occurs in National Parks and State Forests.
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Hero, J-M., M. Littlejohn and G Marantelli (1991) Frogwatch Field Guide to Victorian Frogs. Department of Conservation & Environment, Victoria.
Pengilley, R. (1973) Breeding Biology of some Species of Pseudophryne (Anura: Leptodactylidae) of the Southern Highlands New South Wales. Australian Journal of Zoology 18(1): 15-30.
Written by J.-M. Hero; G. Gillespie; F. Lemckert; M. Littlejohn and P. (m.hero AT mailbox.gu.edu.au), Griffith University
First submitted 2002-04-05
Edited by Ambika Sopory, Jean-Marc Hero (2002-05-04)
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