AmphibiaWeb - Limnodynastes interioris


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Limnodynastes interioris Fry, 1913
Giant Bullfrog
family: Myobatrachidae
subfamily: Limnodynastinae
genus: Limnodynastes
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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Inhabits the dry and sandy region of central New South Wales and northern Victoria where it is restricted to the floodplains of the Murray River. The area of occurrence of the species is approximately 214800 km2.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Adults have been found in open and disturbed areas and in natural woodland. Spend day light hours and drier months buried beneath the surface. Have been found aestivating in mounds of Mallee Fowl. Males call in spring and summer whilst floating on vegetation or concealed in burrows at the edges of dams. Breeds in swamps or dams and slow –flowing creeks with marginal vegetation. Calling and oviposition take place in flooded burrows. Tadpoles are aquatic and usually associated with slow or still waters.

Trends and Threats
Populations stable and apparently large. Extent of occurrence > 20,000km2.

Agriculture and land-use practices associated with the Murray Darling Basin.

Conservation Measures
None in place for the species, but management plans for the Murray-Darling Basin aim to mitigate problems in this area and help to conserve some natural landscape.


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

Hero, J.-M., Littlejohn, M., and Marantelli, G. (1991). Frogwatch Field Guide to Victorian Frogs. Department of Conservation and Environment, Victoria.

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, Jean-Marc Hero (2008-09-18)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Limnodynastes interioris: Giant Bullfrog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Mar 2, 2024.

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