AmphibiaWeb - Cophixalus concinnus


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Cophixalus concinnus Tyler, 1979
Elegant Frog
family: Microhylidae
subfamily: Asterophryinae
genus: Cophixalus

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Critically Endangered (CR)
National Status None
Regional Status None


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Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia

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Found at high elevations between Mossman and Cooktown and Thornton Peak in north-eastern Queensland. The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 2300 km2.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Rainforests at high elevations (560-1300m asl), often in leaf litter on the forest floor. Calls from tree trunks, logs and bushes. Terrestrial breeder. Unpigmented eggs are laid in a string under rocks or logs in moist soil. Direct development.

Trends and Threats
Limited extent of occurrence but no evidence for decline; abundant within area of occupancy and large population size.

Occurs in National Parks in the Wet Tropics. Threats are mainly from human impacts on the parks, for example: erosion following human traffic, increased visitation, habitat degradation and development of walking tracks and other tourist facilities.

Conservation Measures
Some habitat protected in National Parks.


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

McDonald, K.R. (1992). Distribution Patterns and Conservation Status of North Queensland Rainforest Frogs. Conservation Technical Report No. 1. Department of Environment and Heritage, Queensland.

Zweifel, R.G. (1985). ''Australian frogs of the family Microhylidae.'' Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, 182, 265-388.

Originally submitted by: Jean-Marc Hero et. al. (first posted 2002-04-05)
Edited by: Ambika Sopory, Jean-Marc Hero (2008-09-16)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Cophixalus concinnus: Elegant Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jun 16, 2024.

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