AmphibiaWeb - Litoria freycineti


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Litoria freycineti Tschudi, 1838
Wallum Rocketfrog
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 freycineti
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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Vulnerable (VU)
National Status None
Regional Status None


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Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia

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Northern end of Fraser Island south to Jervis Bay in mid-eastern New South Wales The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 58600 km2 No information on population, size, structure and dynamics.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Occupies a variety of habitats, but most commonly seen in the vicinity of temporary coastal swamps (wallum). These areas typically have low nutrient soils and heath, sedgeland, Melaleuca swamp or Banksia woodland vegetation. Active during the day. Spring and summer breeder.

Trends and Threats
Continuing decline in area of occupancy, number of locations, number of mature individuals. Severely fragmented habitat – it was assumed that the population is naturally fragmented, but increasing fragmentation through habitat destruction and degradation, particularly mainland populations.

Clearing for agriculture, pine plantations, housing and infrastructure. They occur in an area with the highest rate of human population growth in Australia. Other threats include habitat degradation through alterations in hydrology and increased nutrient loads, invading weeds and competition from competing frog species and inappropriate fire regimes.

Conservation Measures
Protected where it occurs in National Parks, e.g. Fraser Island.


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

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.

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 freycineti: Wallum Rocketfrog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jul 23, 2024.

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