AmphibiaWeb - Litoria meiriana


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Litoria meiriana (Tyler, 1969)
Rockhole 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).

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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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Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia


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Occurs in the Kimberley region of Western Australia and across into Arnhem Land in the north of Northern Territory. The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 342400 km2

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Closely associated with permanent creeks, small pools and waterholes on the face of rock outcrops. It is active by day and has the ability to "skip" across the surface of water to escape danger. By night it congregates on floating vegetation or at the water's edge. Shelters in caves. Spring and summer breeder. Males call from leaf litter and open rock faces at the edges of streams and pools. About 30 � 40 eggs are laid in small static pools upon or at the foot of rock escarpments on submerged rocks. Development takes 3 � 4 weeks.

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

None known.

Conservation Measures
None in place.


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

Cogger, H.G. (1992). Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia. Reed Books, New South Wales.

Tyler, M.J., Crook, G.A., and Davies, M. (1983). ''Reproductive biology of the frogs of the Magela Creek System, Northern Territory.'' Records of the South Australian Museum, 18, 415-440.

Tyler, M.J., Smith, L.A., and Johnstone, R.E. (1994). Frogs of Western Australia. Western Australian Museum, Perth.

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

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Litoria meiriana: Rockhole Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Sep 24, 2023.

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