Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia
Along the northern and eastern sections of Australia. From the Kimberley zone in Western
Australia, across northern Northern Territory, northern and south-eastern Queensland and into
the central coast of New South Wales.
The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 2244000 km2.
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Found in many habitats that are subject to seasonal inundation. Often found in dry sandy
watercourses some distance from permanent water. They burrow in the daytime and may
spend the dry season in a dormant state well beneath the surface.
Breeds in the wet season only after heavy rain. Males call whilst floating in the water, which may
be only a small puddle. Females lay about 1000 eggs in a foam nest that collapses after a few
hours to form a floating layer up to 7cm across. Females may breed more than once each
Trends and Threats
No known declines and large extent of occurrence.
None in place.
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Margules, C.R., Davies, K.F., Meyers, J.A., and Milkovits, G.A. (1995). ''The responses of some selected arthropods and the frog Crinia signifera to habitat fragmentation.'' Conserving Biodiversity: Threats and Solutions. Surrey Beatty and Sons, Sydney, 94-103.
Written by J-M Hero et al. (m.hero AT mailbox.gu.edu.au), Griffith University
First submitted 2002-04-05
Edited by Ambika Sopory (2008-09-18)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Platyplectrum ornatum: Ornate Burrowing Frog <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/3509> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jul 10, 2020.
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