AmphibiaWeb - Philoria loveridgei


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Philoria loveridgei Parker, 1940
Loveridge's Frog
family: Myobatrachidae
subfamily: Limnodynastinae
genus: Philoria
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Endangered (EN)
National Status None
Regional Status None


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Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia

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Restricted distribution in Southeast Queensland near the Queensland/New South Wales border and south over the border to the Gibraltar Range.The area of occurrence of the species is approximately 1900 km2.No documented declines.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Inhabits rainforests above 1000m elevation in areas of soft, moist soil.Breeding is stimulated by higher temperatures in November and December. Males call from underground, often in flask-shaped burrows. About 20 – 30 eggs are deposited in a frothy nest in the burrow. Larvae emerge from the eggs after several days and then move to the top of the jelly mass and live entirely on the yolk from the eggs. They emerge frog the nest as tiny frogs.

Trends and Threats
No known declines in population or extent of occurrence.

In the past a considerable area of the species habitat was cleared or logged. A majority of the habitat is now in reserves and protected from clearing or timber harvesting.Disturbances upstream that affect hydrological processes and/or water quality may threaten the species.Stock (cattle) have been observed at a number of breeding sites.

Conservation Measures
Listed as rare in QLD and vulnerable in NSW therefore the species is protected by state legislation. Most of its habitat is within National Parks and is therefore also protected.


Barker J, GC Grigg and MJ Tyler (1995) A Field Guide to Australian Frogs. Surrey Beatty & Sons, New South Wales.

Hines H, M Mahony and K McDonald (1999) An assessment of frog declines in wet subtropical Australia. In A Campbell (ed) Declines and Disappearances of Australian Frogs. Environment Australia, Canberra.

Seymour RS, MJ Mahony & R Knowles (1995) Respiration of Embryos and Larvae of the Terrestrially Breeding Frog Kyarranus loveridgei. Herpetologica 51(3): 369-376.

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

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2002 Philoria loveridgei: Loveridge's Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed May 27, 2024.

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