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Lechriodus fletcheri (Boulenger, 1890)
Black-soled Frog
family: Myobatrachidae
subfamily: Limnodynastinae
genus: Lechriodus

© 2002 Jean-Marc Hero (1 of 4)
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Least Concern (LC)
National Status None
Regional Status None



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View Bd and Bsal data (2 records).

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia


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View Bd and Bsal data (2 records).
South from Mistake Mountains (south-eastern Queensland) to Gosford (north-eastern New South Wales). The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 63200 km2. Species occurs frequently throughout its known range. There is no information on population size, structure, dynamics or genetic variation.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Has a marked preference for mesic forests in areas of high rainfall and deeper soils on mid slopes or plateaux. Breeds in ephemeral water bodies in these areas. Lays about 300 eggs in foam nest. Tadpoles are cannibalistic. Hides amongst leaves and other ground cover on the forest floor, and in tree hollows.

Trends and Threats
Widespread, abundant in suitable habitat. Widely accepted as not in decline. Large extent of occurrence (> 20,000km2)

In the past clearing of wet sclerophyll forest and rainforest significantly reduced the habitat of the species and much of its remaining habitat has been logged. Logging of wet sclerophyll forest continues to be a threat. It is considered rare in Queensland because of its restricted distribution.

Conservation Measures
Considered rare in Queensland and is protected by state legislation. Some sites from where it is known occur in National Parks.


Barker, J., Grigg, G. C., and Tyler, M. J. (1995). A Field Guide to Australian Frogs. Surrey Beatty and Sons, New South Wales.

Davies, M. (1992). ''Early development of Limnodynastes terraereginae and L. fletcheri (Anura: Leptodactylidae: Limnodynastinae).'' Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, 116(4), 117-122.

Hines, H., Mahony, M. and McDonald, K. (1999). ''An assessment of frog declines in wet subtropical Australia.'' Declines and Disappearances of Australian Frogs. A. Campbell, eds., Environment Australia, Canberra, 44-63.

McDonald, K.R. and Miller, J.D. (1982). ''On the status of Lechriodus fletcheri (Boulenger) (Anura: Leptodactylidae) in northeastern Queensland.'' Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, 106(4), 220.

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 Lechriodus fletcheri: Black-soled Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Dec 2, 2023.

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