AmphibiaWeb - Geocrinia laevis


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Geocrinia laevis (Günther, 1864)
Southern Smooth Froglet
family: Myobatrachidae
subfamily: Myobatrachinae
genus: Geocrinia
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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Occurs in south-western Victoria and into South Australia. Also occurs over a significant portion of Tasmania. The population is less dense in South Australia. The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 77400 km2.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Dry sclerophyll and pine forests at low altitudes. Often found amongst leaf litter, under logs and stones in areas subject to temporary flooding or in permanent and non-permanent swamps. Breeds late summer and autumn. About 70 – 150 large eggs are laid in March or April in loose, elongated masses attached to vegetation in temporary pools or along the margins of permanent waterbodies. Larvae continue development in egg capsules until the breeding site is flooded and then they are released as tadpoles. Tadpoles are free-swimming and take approximately 6 months to complete development.

Trends and Threats
Good populations. No apparent declines or significant threats. Large extent of occurrence.

Habitat clearing for agriculture and grazing.

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.

Beck, R.G. (1975). ''Factors affecting the distribution of the leptodactylid frog Geocrinia laevis in the south-east of South Australia.'' Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, 99(3), 143-147.

Martin, A. A., and Littlejohn, M. J. (1982). Tasmanian Amphibians. University of Tasmania, Hobart.

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 Geocrinia laevis: Southern Smooth Froglet <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Apr 16, 2024.

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