AmphibiaWeb - Litoria cooloolensis


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Litoria cooloolensis Liem, 1974
Cooloola Sedgefrog
family: Hylidae
subfamily: Pelodryadinae
genus: Litoria
Taxonomic Notes: Following the Australian Society of Herpetology, AmphibiaWeb uses Litoria instead of Ranoidea or Dryopsophus (contrary to Dubois and Fretey 2016 and Duellman et al 2016).
Litoria cooloolensis
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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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South-eastern Queensland at Cooloola, Fraser Island and North Stradbroke Island. The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 2400 km2 No information on population size, structure or dynamics.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Found in sandy coastal and island freshwater lakes and wallum creeks. It prefers dense reed beds and often co-occurs with other "acid frogs" such as L. fallax and L. olongburensis. Spring and summer breeder, but may call on warm winter nights. Males call from reed or vegetation around a freshwater lake. Eggs are deposited on submerged vegetation.

Trends and Threats
Extent of occurrence < 20, 000km2 , but not severely fragmented. Threatened by development.

Localised extermination of populations due to loss or fragmentation of habitat. High human visitation to the freshwater lakes important for breeding and trampling of reed beds and pollution of water. Water extraction for sandmining and domestic use has had significant impacts on populations on Stradbroke Island through habitat loss, water quality and alterations in hydrology.

Conservation Measures
Protected where it occurs in National Park, eg. Cooloola and Fraser Island.


Barker, J., Grigg, G. C., and Tyler, M. J. (1995). A Field Guide to Australian Frogs. Surrey Beatty and Sons, New South Wales.

Hines, H., Mahony, M. and McDonald, K. (1999). ''An assessment of frog declines in wet subtropical Australia.'' Declines and Disappearances of Australian Frogs. A. Campbell, eds., Environment Australia, Canberra, 44-63.

Liem, D.S. (1974). ''A new species of the Litoria bicolour species group from southeast Queensland, Australia (Anura: Hylidae).'' Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, 17(1), 169-174.

Originally submitted by: Jean-Marc Hero et. al. (first posted 2002-04-05)
Edited by: Ambika Sopory, Jean-Marc Hero (2008-09-16)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Litoria cooloolensis: Cooloola Sedgefrog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jul 23, 2024.

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