AmphibiaWeb - Crinia nimbus


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Crinia nimbus (Rounsevell, Ziegeler, Brown, Davies & Littlejohn, 1994)
Moss Frog, Moss Froglet
family: Myobatrachidae
subfamily: Myobatrachinae
genus: Crinia
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
In the southern mountain ranges of Tasmania in approximately 15 locations. The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 4200 km2 and is bounded by Hartz Mountains in the north-east, Mt Sprent in the north-west, Mt La Perouse in the south-east and Bathurst Harbour in the south-west.

Habitat and Ecology
Moist, cool, alpine habitat. Poorly drained sites in moorland (shrubland and heath) and rainforest.

In spring and early summer, males call from the ground beneath rocks, logs and low dense vegetation and breeding chambers with sphagnum and lichen. Females spend breeding season in a chamber with a male. About 6-15 eggs are laid in nests in moss or lichen. Direct development.

Trends and Threats
None known, but it has been noted nests are vulnerable to trampling by animals and people (researchers or tourists).

Conservation Measures
Habitat is mostly within reserves.

Barker J, GC Grigg and MJ Tyler (1995) A Field Guide to Australian Frogs. Surrey Beatty & Sons, New South Wales.

Rounsevell DE, D Ziegeler, PB Brown, M. Davies and MJ Littlejohn (1994) A New genus and Species of Frog (Anura: Myobatrahcidae) from Southern Tasmania. Trans. R. Soc. SA 118(3): 171-185.


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

Rounsevell, D.E., Ziegeler, D., Brown, P.B., Davies, M., and Littlejohn, M.J. (1994). '' A new genus and species of frog (Anura: Leptodactylidae: Myobatrachinae) from southern Tasmania.'' Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia , 118(3), 171-185.

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 Crinia nimbus: Moss Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Sep 24, 2023.

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