Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia
Found in mid-eastern Queensland between Mossman and Townsville.
The area of occurrence of the species is approximately 14400 km2.
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Found in rainforest from 0 – 1500m. Hides under ground cover, logs and rocks by day. By night
males call from either the ground or more commonly from shrubs and trees up to 2m off the
Terrestrial breeder. Lays between 11 and 22 eggs in a string in a concealed position. An adult
frog generally tends the nest.
Trends and Threats
No declines recorded and large extent of occurrence.
Occurs in National Parks in the Wet Tropics. Threats are mainly from human impacts on the
parks, for example: erosion following human traffic, increased visitation, habitat degradation and
development of walking tracks and other tourist facilities.
Many sites within World Heritage Area.
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.
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 ornatus: Ornate Frog <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/2261> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Dec 2, 2022.
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