AmphibiaWeb - Litoria rubella


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Litoria rubella (Gray, 1842)
Desert Tree 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 rubella
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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Least Concern (LC)
National Status None
Regional Status None
conservation needs Access Conservation Needs Assessment Report .


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Distribution and Habitat

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

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Widespread across most of Australia except the extreme south. The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 4133600 km2

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Wide range of habitats. From eastern coastal forest to central deserts. In inland regions largely confined to ranges or larger watercourses. Usually found in trees and shrubs besides watercourses, temporary or permanent swamps and lagoons. Also makes use of water pipes in houses and buildings. Avoids extreme temperatures by sheltering beneath stones, bark, logs, buildings etc. Breeds after summer rains. Males call from the ground in open grassy areas near water. Spawn clumps of 40 – 300 eggs are laid on the surface of static water. Larval life is brief, lasting only 2 – 4 weeks (shorter where the temperature is high).

Trends and Threats
Widespread. 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 (2008-09-18)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Litoria rubella: Desert Tree Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jul 16, 2024.

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