AmphibiaWeb - Crinia signifera


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Crinia signifera Girard, 1853
Common Froglet
family: Myobatrachidae
subfamily: Myobatrachinae
genus: Crinia

© 2002 Jean-Marc Hero (1 of 5)

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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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View Bd and Bsal data (154 records).
From South East Queensland south throughout the New South Wales coast and into Victoria and the south-east corner of South Australia. Also occurs on the eastern side of Tasmania. The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 784000 km2.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Diverse habitat. Found beneath rocks, vegetation and debris at the edge of creeks, ponds, swamps and areas of seepage. Breeds throughout the year, except mid-summer during high temperatures. Females lay 100 – 150 eggs in small clumps in shallow water. Tadpoles take 7 weeks to develop.

Trends and Threats
No known declines and large extent of occurrence.

None listed, but expanding urban development along the east-coast may be a threat in the future. Studies have shown that after habitat fragmentation the species disappears for up to four years and then reappears.

Conservation Measures
None in place.


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

Margules, C.R., Davies, K.F., Meyers, J.A., and Milkovits, G.A. (1995). ''The responses of some selected arthropods and the frog Crinia signifera to habitat fragmentation.'' Conserving Biodiversity: Threats and Solutions. Surrey Beatty and Sons, Sydney, 94-103.

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 signifera: Common Froglet <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed May 22, 2024.

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