Notaden bennettii


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Notaden bennettii
Species Authority: Günther, 1873
Common Name(s):
English Crucifix Frog, Holy Cross Frog

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, Ed Meyer, Peter Robertson, Frank Lemckert, John Clarke
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 its population is not believed to be in decline at present.
2002 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This Australian endemic occurs in central inland New South Wales and the interior of southern Queensland, west of the Great Dividing Range. The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 615,000km2.
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Population [top]

Population: The population status of this species is unknown.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species inhabits the black soil slopes and flood plains of the large river systems in its range. It is found in savannah, woodland and mallee areas. It spends most of its life underground and only emerges after heavy rains. It breeds in temporary pools after heavy rain. Males call whilst floating in pools. Eggs are deposited in water. Larvae are free swimming.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat loss/degradation associated with intensive agro-industry farming is a threat to the species in parts of its range. Competition from the tadpoles of Bufo marinus can effect the growth of the tadpoles.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no conservation measures in place.

Citation: Jean-Marc Hero, Ed Meyer, Peter Robertson, Frank Lemckert, John Clarke 2004. Notaden bennettii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 August 2015.
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