AmphibiaWeb - Cophixalus monticola


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Cophixalus monticola Richards, Dennis, Trenerry & Werren, 1994
family: Microhylidae
subfamily: Asterophryinae
genus: Cophixalus

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Endangered (EN)
National Status None
Regional Status None



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Uniquely distinguished from all other species in Australia by the combination of its moderate size, indistinct tympanum and short hind legs. The snout is bluntly rounded and finger lengths are 3>4>2>1 in decreasing order. Toes are unwebbed and are 4>3>5>2>1 in decreasing length. Subarticular tubules are indistinct. Skin is smooth dorsallly and ventrally. Color is variable and range from red-brown to yellow-brown, with dark spots on the legs and dorsal side. Morphologically similar to C. concinnus.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia


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This species is found at elevations above 1100m on the Carbine Tableland in Queensland, Australia. They are found in crevices of fallen trees, dry creek beds, and more conspicuously found where Linospadix palms reside. Populations are small and with patch distributions.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Mating call is a short trill.

Trends and Threats
Currently listed as endangered.

Possible reasons for amphibian decline

General habitat alteration and loss
Habitat modification from deforestation, or logging related activities
Local pesticides, fertilizers, and pollutants


Richards, S. J., Dennis, A. J., Trenerry, M. P., and Werren, G. L. (1994). ''A new species of Cophixalus (Anura: Microhylidae) from northern Queensland.'' Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, 37(1), 307-310.

Originally submitted by: Gary Tsai (first posted 2005-10-20)
Edited by: Tate Tunstall (2005-10-19) (2005-10-24)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2005 Cophixalus monticola <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Feb 27, 2024.

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