AmphibiaWeb - Cophixalus bombiens


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Cophixalus bombiens Zweifel, 1985
Buzzing Frog
family: Microhylidae
subfamily: Asterophryinae
genus: Cophixalus

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Near Threatened (NT)
National Status None
Regional Status None



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Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia


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Known only from Windsor Tableland, approximately 50km south-west of Cape Tribulation, northern Queensland. The area of occupancy of the species is approximately 300 km2.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Moist vine forest between 900m and 1300m asl. Calls from sticks, logs, low vegetation and from under leaves on forest floor. Eggs are believed to be terrestrial with no free-swimming tadpole stage as for other microhylids.

Trends and Threats
Extent of occurrence limited but > 101 km2 , similar area of occupancy. No evidence for decline, high density in area of occupancy.

Population is not in National Park and it only occurs in a small area of State Forest (McDonald 1992). Its persistence in areas selectively logged within the past 15 years suggests it is not as vulnerable to this type of disturbance.

Conservation Measures
Some habitat is protected in State Forest.


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

McDonald, K.R. (1992). Distribution Patterns and Conservation Status of North Queensland Rainforest Frogs. Conservation Technical Report No. 1. Department of Environment and Heritage, Queensland.

Zweifel, R.G. (1985). ''Australian frogs of the family Microhylidae.'' Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, 182, 265-388.

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 Cophixalus bombiens: Buzzing Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Sep 28, 2023.

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