AmphibiaWeb - Litoria rothii


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Litoria rothii (De Vis, 1884)
Roth's Tree Frog, Northern Laughing 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).

© 2002 Jean-Marc Hero (1 of 11)

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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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View Bd and Bsal data (14 records).

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia, Papua New Guinea


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View Bd and Bsal data (14 records).
Northern Australia. From the Kimberley region in Western Australia, throughout northern Northern Territory and northern Queensland and down the coast to Fraser Island. The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 1295700 km2

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Wide range of habitats. From wet eastern coastal forests to more inland areas. Usually in association with large river systems in inland habitat. Found on trees and shrubs beside watercourses (rivers or streams), temporary or permanent swamps, lagoons and large temporary pools. Also common on buildings and in fruit plantations. Breeds at the end of spring and into summer after heavy rains. Males call from elevated positions near water. Spawn is deposited in small clumps in temporarily flooded areas and temporary pools. Tadpoles take 65 days to complete development.

Trends and Threats
Large extent of occurrence and no known declines.

Sometimes relocated in the transportation of fresh produce.

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.

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

Tyler, M.J., Crook, G.A., and Davies, M. (1983). ''Reproductive biology of the frogs of the Magela Creek System, Northern Territory.'' Records of the South Australian Museum, 18, 415-440.

Tyler, M.J., Smith, L.A., and Johnstone, R.E. (1994). Frogs of Western Australia. Western Australian Museum, Perth.

Originally submitted by: Jean-Marc Hero et. al. (first posted 2002-04-05)
Edited by: Ambika SopoPr (2010-11-01)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2010 Litoria rothii: Roth's Tree Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Apr 18, 2024.

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