AmphibiaWeb - Platyplectrum spenceri


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Platyplectrum spenceri (Parker, 1940)
Spencer's Burrowing Frog
family: Myobatrachidae
subfamily: Limnodynastinae
genus: Platyplectrum
Platyplectrum spenceri
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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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Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia

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Throughout the arid central region of Western Australia and into southern Northern Territory and northern South Australia. The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 1240900 km2.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Occupies areas where there are sandy soils within rocky terrain. Common in sandy creek beds. In areas where the sand is moist they build burrows from which they emerge at night. Breeding takes place following heavy rain. Up to 1130 eggs are laid in foam nests in temporary ponds.

Trends and Threats
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.

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.

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 Platyplectrum spenceri: Spencer's Burrowing Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed May 27, 2024.

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