The calls of P. corroboree, are very similar to P. bibroni and P. dendyi, although in general the pulse number is shorter and the call duration is longer (Pengilley 1971). The call is best characterized as an upward inflected 'ark' (Barker et al. 1995).
Distribution and Habitat
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The Corroboree frog is a sit and wait predator which feeds primarily in leaf litter and around fallen logs. Their prey is predominately small and slow moving items, consisting mainly of ants and termites. There is extensive food niche overlap between P. corroboree, P. dendyi, and P. bibroni (Pengilley 1971).
Trends and Threats
Although the conservation status of the Corroboree frog is relatively secure because of its location in the Kosciusko National Park, the population size and trends demonstrate its fragile status. This is especially evident in the southern population, which was restricted to only ten breeding sites and steadily declining during the four-year study conducted by Osborne (1989). Even though separated from the northern population by only 10 km, inter-population dispersal seems unlikely due to the unsuitable breeding environment between them (Osborne 1989). Furthermore, the southern form seems at risk because of its low levels of heterozygosity (Osborne and Norman 1991).
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Written by J.-M. Hero; W. Osborne; L. Shoo; M. Stoneham, S. Schoville (m.hero AT mailbox.gu.edu.au), Griffith University
First submitted 1999-09-02
Edited by Sean Schoville, Meredith J. Mahoney, J.-M. Hero; updated by Ann T. Chang (2013-09-23)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2013 Pseudophryne corroboree: Corroboree frog <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/3585> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jan 25, 2020.
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