AmphibiaWeb - Heleioporus inornatus


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Heleioporus inornatus Lee & Main, 1954
Plain Frog
family: Myobatrachidae
subfamily: Limnodynastinae
genus: Heleioporus
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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Southwest zone of Western Australia. The Darling Range from Chidlow south to the vicinity of Nannup and east to Walpole and Mt Barker. The area of occurrence of the species is approximately 71000 km2.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Usually found in sandy acid peat bogs where the principal vegetation is Xanthorrhoea (grass trees). Winter breeders. Females select a mate and amplexus takes place within the burrows built by the males. About 100 – 250 eggs are laid in a foam nest within a burrow often penetrating the side of a bank or sloping ground near water. In flooding the tadpoles are released from the nest.

Trends and Threats
No known declines and extent of occurrence > 20, 000km2.

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.

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 (2008-09-18)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Heleioporus inornatus: Plain Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed May 26, 2024.

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