AmphibiaWeb - Limnodynastes dorsalis


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Limnodynastes dorsalis (Gray, 1841)
Western Bullfrog
family: Myobatrachidae
subfamily: Limnodynastinae
genus: Limnodynastes

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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 (23 records).

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia


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View Bd and Bsal data (23 records).
Southwest corner of Western Australia. From the lower Murchison River south and east almost to Wattle Camp. Inland to Galena, Kulin, Lake Cronin, Frank Hann National Park and Coragina Rock. The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 342300 km2.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Found in permanent dams, swamps and creeks in many areas. Usually found hiding in thick vegetation by the bank, occasionally found foraging in the open. Inhabits a burrow during arid conditions. Breeds in winter. Males call from hidden sites, either under vegetation or overhanging banks. Spawn is in the form of a large foam nest on the surface of static or slowly flowing water.

Trends and Threats
No known declines and large extent of occurrence.

None known.

Conservation Measures
Habitat is protected where the species occurs in a National Park, e.g. Frank Hann National Park.


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

Margules, C.R., Davies, K.F., Meyers, J.A., and Milkovits, G.A. (1995). ''The responses of some selected arthropods and the frog Crinia signifera to habitat fragmentation.'' Conserving Biodiversity: Threats and Solutions. Surrey Beatty and Sons, Sydney, 94-103.

Martin, A.A. (1972). ''Studies in Australian amphibia III. The Limnodynastes dorsalis complex (Anura: Leptodactylidae).'' Australian Journal of Zoology, 20, 165-211.

Originally submitted by: Jean-Marc Hero et. al. (first posted 2002-04-05)
Edited by: Ambika Sopory (2008-09-18)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Limnodynastes dorsalis: Western Bullfrog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Sep 28, 2023.

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