AmphibiaWeb - Cyclorana cryptotis


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Cyclorana cryptotis (Tyler and Martin, 1977)
Hidden-ear Frog
family: Hylidae
subfamily: Pelodryadinae
genus: Cyclorana
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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From the lower reaches of the Ord and Fitzroy Valleys in the Kimberley zone, Western Australia, east into the Northern Territory and just over the border into Queensland. The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 465800 km2.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Open grassland associated with clay soils. Males call from the base of tall grasses at the edge of temporary water and flooded depressions in summer (January and February). Spawn is deposited in large irregular masses. The water is usually milky from clay and can reach temperatures above 40ÂșC. Tadpoles metamorphose in about 1 month.

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

None known.

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.

Predavec, M. and Dickman, C.R. (1993). ''Ecology of desert frogs: a study from southwestern Queensland.'' Herpetology in Australia,

Tyler, M.J., Smith, L.A., and Johnstone, R.E. (1994). Frogs of Western Australia. Western Australian Museum, Perth.

Originally submitted by: Jean-Marc Hero et. al. (first posted 2002-04-05)
Edited by: Ambika Sopory, Jean-Marc Hero (2008-09-15)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Cyclorana cryptotis: Hidden-ear Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Oct 1, 2023.

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