Litoria platycephala


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Litoria platycephala
Species Authority: (Günther, 1873)
Common Name(s):
English Water-holding Frog
Cyclorana platycephala (Günther, 1873)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Jean-Marc Hero, John Clarke, Ed Meyer, Richard Retallick, Paul Horner, Dale Roberts
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
2002 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: There are three separate populations of this species in Australia. One in the central arid zone of Western Australia from Winning Pool east to Lake Disappointment and south to Morawa and Laverton. There is a small area in the northeastern Northern Territory. These regions are very flat so the species is known only from low elevations. Another large area extends from northern South Australia into New South Wales and southwestern Queensland; including southeastern Northern Territory.
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Population [top]

Population: This species is commonly sighted.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in grasslands, temporary swamps, clay pans and billabongs in arid and semi-arid areas and is usually associated with clay soils. It is able to survive extended dry periods (months to years) in aestivation underground. Spawn is laid in large masses of up to 500 eggs in temporary pools and static waters such as those that occur during flooding; larvae are free-swimming.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Is likely to have suffered habitat loss/disturbance as a result of agro-industry farming; and might also be affected by secondary salinity associated with land clearing.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The range of the species most likely overlaps at least one protected area, but this is not confirmed.

Citation: Jean-Marc Hero, John Clarke, Ed Meyer, Richard Retallick, Paul Horner, Dale Roberts 2004. Litoria platycephala. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 29 August 2015.
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