Uperoleia daviesae
family: Myobatrachidae
subfamily: Myobatrachinae
Species Description: Young JE, Tyler MJ, Kent SA 2005 Diminutive new species of Uperoleia Gray (Anura: Myobatrachidae) from the vicinity of Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. J Herptol 39:603-609.
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species has only been recorded from sandsheet areas in the Howard River catchment and the Elizabeth River catchment, south of Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia. It might occur more widely.

Habitat and Ecology

It has been found in open savannah/Grevillea woodland, on ephemerally flooded sands with short to medium-height grasses; sedges and herbs are dominant in the understory (Young et al., 2005). The main breeding areas are characterized by shallow pools with small mounds (possibly termite) with clumps of grass growing over the tops, sparse tea tree Leptospermum spp., and Banksia. Several species of carnivorous plants, such as sundews (Drosera spp.) and bladderworts (Utricularia spp.), are common within the habitat. Most male U. daviesae were observed calling from small chambers at the base of sand mounds within flooded grassland, either on wet sand or in very shallow water.


Populations of this species have been found throughout the Howard River catchment (Young et al., 2007), suggesting that it is common through its small known range.

Population Trend


Major Threats

There is no information on threats, though it occurs in an area of limited human impact.

Conservation Actions

The information available thus far suggests U. daviesae is restricted to the sand sheets of the Howard River and the Elizabeth River, and it has not been identified outside of these catchments (Young et al., 2005). Additional surveys across a broader range of northern Australia designed to target U. daviesae would be valuable to confirm twhether or not its distribution is genuinely restricted. It is not known from any protected areas.

Red List Status

Data Deficient (DD)


Listed as Data Deficient since it has only recently been described, and there is still very little known about its extent of occurrence, area of occupancy, status and ecological requirements.


Jeanne Young 2008. Uperoleia daviesae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T136157A4252340. .Downloaded on 13 December 2018


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