AmphibiaWeb - Litoria nigrofrenata


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Litoria nigrofrenata (G√ľnther, 1867)
Bridle 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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View Bd and Bsal data (5 records).

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia, Papua New Guinea


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View Bd and Bsal data (5 records).
Northern Queensland. Upper Cape York Peninsula and Torres Strait Islands. The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 134900 km2

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Primarily in seasonally dry forest and woodland habitats. Also occurs in dams and marshy areas. Congregates around creeks and flooded depressions where there is ground cover during the wet season. In the dry season it emerges to forage in moist microhabitats (creekbeds and soaks). Breeding takes place in summer. Males call from the banks of temporary pools. Spawn consists of around 450 eggs and is deposited in pools in creeks and streamside pools. Have also been observed in artificial waterbodies (dams and cattle water tanks).

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

Habitat loss from development and logging.

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.

Crossland, M.R. and Richards, S.J. (1993). ''The tadpole of the Australopapaun frog Litoria nigrofrenata (Anura: Hylidae).'' Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, 117(2), 109-110.

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 nigrofrenata: Bridle Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Sep 25, 2023.

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