Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia
Occurs from the north-eastern corner of the Northern Territory, throughout the Queensland
coast and into New South Wales.
The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 773000 km2.
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Temporarily inundated grasslands and open forest. Activity has a positive correlation with
rainfall and the availability of free-standing water. In drier times they spend most time buried
underground close to temporary ponds.
Breeding biology largely unknown, but thought to be an opportunistic breeder laying eggs in
temporary pools when there is sufficient rainfall. Tadpoles develop quickly to avoid
Trends and Threats
No known declines and a large extent of occurrence.
Expanding development along the east coast may be a threat causing habitat loss and
None in place.
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Predavec, M. and Dickman, C.R. (1993). ''Ecology of desert frogs: a study from southwestern Queensland.'' Herpetology in Australia,
Written by J.-M. Hero; Harry Hines; Ed Meyer; D. Newell (m.hero AT mailbox.gu.edu.au), Griffith University
First submitted 2002-04-05
Edited by Ambika Sopory, Jean-Marc Hero (2008-09-15)
Citation: AmphibiaWeb: Information on
amphibian biology and conservation. [web application]. 2013. Berkeley, California:
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