Heleioporus psammophilus
Sand Frog
family: Myobatrachidae
subfamily: Limnodynastinae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
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. On the Darling Range from Gerladton south to Walpole and east to Mt Barker. Inland to Coorow and Dongolocking. The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 78500 km2.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Confined to angular fine-grained sands and sandy clays. Males call from burrows in April and May. Amplexus and oviposition takes place in the burrows in the banks of watercourses. Embryos develop in the froth of the nest until the flooding of the burrow stimulates them to hatch. They can delay hatching for a considerable amount of time.

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.

Written by J.-M. Hero et al. (m.hero AT, Griffith University
First submitted 2002-04-05
Edited by Ambika Sopory, Jean-Marc Hero (2008-09-18)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Heleioporus psammophilus: Sand Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jul 8, 2020.

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