AmphibiaWeb - Litoria booroolongensis


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Litoria booroolongensis (Moore, 1961)
Booroolong Frog
family: Hylidae
subfamily: Pelodryadinae
genus: Litoria
Taxonomic Notes: Following the Australian Society of Herpetology, AmphibiaWeb uses Litoria instead of Ranoidea or Dryopsophus (contrary to Dubois and Fretey 2016 and Duellman et al 2016).
Litoria booroolongensis
© 2010 Division of Herpetology, University of Kansas (1 of 1)
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Critically Endangered (CR)
National Status None
Regional Status None


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Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia

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Ranging from the Queensland border south down the Great Dividing Range almost to the Victorian border. Has not been recorded from the Northern Tablelands during the past 15 years despite extensive surveys. The only extant population in Northern New South Wales is near Tamworth. The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 135700 km2, however, the area of occupancy is only approximately 10km2 and is severely fragmented. There have been very few records of the species in the past 5 years and the species is believed to have declined over its entire range.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
A highland species (200 – 1000m asl) associated with western-flowing rocky streams on the slopes and tablelands of the Great Dividing Range. Streams are slow-flowing and bordered by grassy vegetation. Males begin calling in August from rocks in or near the water. Most active at night but also often found in daylight on rocks on the waters edge.

Trends and Threats
Massive historic declines and continuing decline in range and numbers. Area of occupancy < 10km2 and severely fragmented.

Introduced fish occur in many streams where the species has been recorded. Introduced fish exert predatory pressure upon tadpoles of this species. Land clearing, forest grazing and timber harvesting have occurred adjacent to or in the headwaters of catchments in which the species has been recorded. Flow modification and weed invasion (particularly by willows) has also occurred along many streams where the species occurs.

Conservation Measures
Development of a management plan is underway, but much research is needed as is protection and rehabilitation of habitat.


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

Gillespie, G.R. and Hines, H.B. (1999). ''Status of temperate riverine frogs in south-eastern Australia.'' Declines and Disappearances of Australian Frogs. A. Campbell, eds., Environment Australia, Canberra, 109-130.

Moore, J.A. (1961). ''Frogs of eastern New South Wales.'' Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History , 121(3), 151-386.

Originally submitted by: Jean-Marc Hero et. al. (first posted 2002-04-05)
Edited by: Ambika Sopory, Jean-Marc Hero (2008-09-16)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Litoria booroolongensis: Booroolong Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jul 23, 2024.

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