Geocrinia laevis
Southern Smooth Froglet
family: Myobatrachidae
subfamily: Myobatrachinae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This Australian endemic occurs in southwestern Victoria and into South Australia. It 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 77,400km2.

Habitat and Ecology

The species inhabits dry sclerophyll and pine forests at low altitudes. It is often found amongst leaf-litter, under logs and stones in areas subject to temporary flooding or in permanent and non-permanent swamps. It 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.


There are at least 100,000 individuals in Tasmania.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Habitat clearing for agriculture and grazing are a major threat. Logging is a threat in Tasmania.

Conservation Actions

The range of the species includes several protected areas.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because its population is not believed to be in decline at present.


Murray Littlejohn, Peter Robertson, Graeme Gillespie, John Clarke, Peter Brown 2004. Geocrinia laevis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T41144A10405582. .Downloaded on 18 February 2019


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