Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia
Central inland New South Wales and interior of southern Queensland, west of the Great Dividing Range.
The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 615100 km2.
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Inhabits the black soil slopes and flood plains of the large river systems in its range. Found in savanna, woodland and mallee areas. Spends most of its life underground and only emerges after heavy rains.
Breeds in temporary pools after heavy rain. Males call whilst floating in pools. Small eggs are deposited in water. Little is known about tadpole development except that it is rapid to avoid the temporary ponds drying up.
Trends and Threats
No known declines and extent of occurrence > 20,000km2.
Barker, J., Grigg, G. C., and Tyler, M. J. (1995). A Field Guide to Australian Frogs. Surrey Beatty and Sons, New South Wales.
Cogger, H.G. (1992). Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia. Reed Books, New South Wales.
Written by J.-M. Hero et al. (m.hero AT mailbox.gu.edu.au), Griffith University
First submitted 2002-05-04
Edited by Ambika Sopory, Jean-Marc Hero (2008-09-19)
Feedback or comments about this page.
Citation: AmphibiaWeb: Information on
amphibian biology and conservation. [web application]. 2014. Berkeley, California:
(Accessed: Sep 21, 2014).
AmphibiaWeb's policy on data use.