AmphibiaWeb - Litoria phyllochroa


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Litoria phyllochroa (Günther, 1863)
Leaf Green Tree Frog
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 phyllochroa
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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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A medium-sized tree frog. Often confused with Litoria barringtonensis, L. kroombitensis, L. nudidigitus, L. pearsoniana and L. piperata.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia

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Coast and adjacent areas of New South Wales and south-eastern Queensland. Also in eastern Victoria (Gippsland). The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 175900 km2.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Inhabit rocky and mountain streams in rainforest and wet forest including swamps. Often found on shrubs and low vegetation beside creeks and streamside ponds. Seldom in still water. Breeds in summer and spring. Males call from rocky riverbanks or streamside vegetation. Eggs are attached to submerged vegetation in streams and ponds. Larvae take 12 weeks to metamorphose.

Trends and Threats
No known declines and large extent of occurrence.

In the past logging in rainforest was a threat. Development and clearing of wet sclerophyll and swamps is more relevant in the present times. Introduced fish, e.g., trout, are also detrimental to this species (Gillespie and Hero 1999).

Possible reasons for amphibian decline

General habitat alteration and loss
Introduced competitors


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

Cogger, H.G. (1992). Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia. Reed Books, New South Wales.

Gillespie, G. and Hero, J.-M. (1999). ''Potential impact of introduced fish and fish translocations on Australian amphibians.'' Declines and Disappearances of Australian Frogs. A. Campbell, eds., Environment Australia, Canberra, 131–144.

Originally submitted by: Jean-Marc Hero et. al. (first posted 2002-04-05)
Edited by: Ambika Sopory, Michelle S. Koo (2021-11-07)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2021 Litoria phyllochroa: Leaf Green Tree Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed May 30, 2024.

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