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Myobatrachus gouldii

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA ANURA MYOBATRACHIDAE

Scientific Name: Myobatrachus gouldii
Species Authority: (Gray, 1841)
Common Name/s:
English Turtle Frog

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor/s: Jean-Marc Hero, Dale Roberts
Reviewer/s: Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because its population is not believed to be in decline at present.
History:
2002 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This Australian endemic occurs in the southwest and arid (central) zones of Western Australia. The estimated altitudinal range of the species is from 0-600m asl.
Countries:
Native:
Australia
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common species.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species inhabits open woodland and dense scrub in sand hills or where soil is leached grey sand. It is often found in association with termite nests as it feeds on termites. It is otherwise found in soft sandy soils buried under logs and rocks. They avoid hard substrates and drainage channels. It emerges after rain. It breeds after heavy rain that triggers emergence. Males call from the soil surface or with only their heads uncovered. Eggs are very large and up to 40 are laid about 1-1.2m underground. Development is terrestrial and occurs within the egg capsule.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known threats to this species and it occurs in an area where there is very little human disturbance.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Its range includes multiple protected areas in Western Australia.
Citation: Jean-Marc Hero, Dale Roberts 2004. Myobatrachus gouldii. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 April 2014.
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