AmphibiaWeb - Assa darlingtoni


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Assa darlingtoni (Loveridge, 1933)
Pouched Frog, Hip-pocket Frog, Marsupial Frog
family: Myobatrachidae
subfamily: Myobatrachinae
genus: Assa
Species Description: Loveridge A. 1933. Four new crinine frogs from Australia. Occasional Papers of the Boston Society of Natural History 8: 55–60.
Assa darlingtoni
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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Least Concern (LC)
National Status None
Regional Status None


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Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia

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Range and Population
Disjunct distributions from the Conondale and Blackall Ranges in south-eastern Queensland south to the Dorrigo Plateau in north-eastern New South Wales. Populations also on the D’Aguilar, Main, Gibraltar and Border Ranges. The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 36000 km2. Can be found in considerable numbers under good conditions. No data on population size, structure or dynamics.

Habitat and Ecology
Prefers mesic forests in areas with mild temperatures and moderate to high rainfall. Often amongst leaf litter.

About 10 eggs are laid in a large mass of jelly on the ground in late summer. The male approaches hatching tadpoles and allows them to wriggle up onto his back and into hip pouches where they remain for about 2 months before emerging as tiny frogs.

Trends and Threats
In the past much of its habitat was cleared or logged for timber resources. A majority of its remaining habitat however is in protected areas.
There is evidence to suggest that logging has a negative impact on this species.

Conservation Measures
Much of habitat in protected areas. Listed as rare in Queensland and vulnerable in New South Wales.


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

Ehmann, H. and Swan, G. (1985). ''Reproduction and development in the marsupial frog, Assa darlingtoni (Myobatrachidae, Anura).'' Biology of Australasian Frogs and Reptiles. G. Grigg, R. Shine, and H. Ehmann, eds., Royal Zoological Society New South Wales, Sydney, 279-285.

Hines, H., Mahony, M. and McDonald, K. (1999). ''An assessment of frog declines in wet subtropical Australia.'' Declines and Disappearances of Australian Frogs. A. Campbell, eds., Environment Australia, Canberra, 44-63.

Watson, G.F. and Martin, A.A. (1973). ''Life history, larval morphology and relationships of Australian leptodactylid frogs.'' Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, 97, 25-34.

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 Assa darlingtoni: Pouched Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jul 17, 2024.

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