Litoria microbelos
Javelin Frog
family: Hylidae
subfamily: Pelodryadinae

© 2002 Jean-Marc Hero (1 of 2)

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None



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Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia


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Known in coastal Queensland, from northern to central Queensland. Also occur from Kimberley region of Western Australia and the coast of the Northern Territory. May occur across all of northern Australia in suitable habitat, but is extremely difficult to detect due to its tiny size (16mm). The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 225400 km2

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Occurs in wet regions. Often found among long grass surrounding swamps, marshy areas and ponds. Also hides in tufts of low-growing grasses and beneath large rocks and logs. Breeding occurs in summer when males call from vegetation up to 30cm off the ground. Spawn clumps contain 60 small eggs, which are laid in shallow water in temporarily flooded areas.

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.

Written by J-M Hero et al. (m.hero AT, Griffith University
First submitted 2002-04-05
Edited by Ambika Sopory (2008-09-16)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Litoria microbelos: Javelin Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Oct 26, 2020.

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