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Cyclorana australis
Giant Frog
family: Hylidae
subfamily: Pelodryadinae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
CITES No CITES Listing
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

 

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Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia

 

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Northern Australia. From the Kimberley zone in Western Australia, east through the Northern Territory and into the Gulf District of northern Queensland. The area of occurrence of the species is approximately 971500 km2. Most commonly sighted native frog in northern Australia.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Large ground-dwelling frog. Principally inhabits grassland and open woodland. In the wet season it is active during the day and can be found basking beside temporary pools. At night it is active in poorly vegetated areas and is commonly sighted on roads. In the dry season it burrows underground. Breeding is from December to February. Females lay up to 7,000 eggs in temporary ponds. The spawn clumps sink to the bottom. Tadpoles swim in large shoals and can tolerate water up to 43ÂșC. Development is between 30-50 days.

Trends and Threats
Commonly sighted. No known declines and large extent of occurrence.

Threats
None known.

Conservation Measures
None in place.

References

Barker, J., Grigg, G. C., and Tyler, M. J. (1995). A Field Guide to Australian Frogs. Surrey Beatty and Sons, New South Wales.

Predavec, M. and Dickman, C.R. (1993). ''Ecology of desert frogs: a study from southwestern Queensland.'' Herpetology in Australia,

Tyler, M.J. and Martin, A.A. (1975). ''Australian leptodactylid frogs of the Cyclorana australis complex.'' Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia , 99(2), 93-99.

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)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Cyclorana australis: Giant Frog <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/1199> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Oct 23, 2017.



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