AmphibiaWeb - Litoria splendida
Litoria splendida
Splendid Treefrog
family: Hylidae
subfamily: Pelodryadinae
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 Least Concern (LC)
National Status None
Regional Status None



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Closely related to the species L. caerulea, this species' characteristic features include its large size, possession of a bulbous gland on the dorsal side of the head, short webbed fingers and green coloration with sulfur colored spots and orange hindlegs. Species color may vary depending on region found. Vomerine teeth on short, posteriorly directed, triangular elevations between and posterior to the choanae. (Tyler et al)

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia


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Found in many regions of Australia including the Kimberley Region, North Australia, Western Australia, and northwestern Northern Territory to Bradshaw Station. They can be found in caves, gorges, and areas of low rainfall.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The species is closely related to L. caerulea but differ in coloration, behavior, and dermal gland development.

Trends and Threats

Relation to Humans
This species tends to inhabit bathrooms, toilets, and other sites where there is water.


Tyler, M. J., Davies, M., and Martin, A. A. (1977). ''A new species of large green tree frog from northern western Australia.'' Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, 101(5-6), 133-138.

Originally submitted by: Gary Tsai (first posted 2005-10-24)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2005 Litoria splendida: Splendid Treefrog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Dec 2, 2021.

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