Cophixalus aenigma


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Cophixalus aenigma
Species Authority: Hoskin, 2004
Common Name(s):
English Tapping Nursery-frog

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Conrad Hoskin
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Vulnerable because it is known from fewer than five locations.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This Australian endemic is known from the Mount Carbine Tableland, Thornton Uplands, Finnigan Uplands and Bakers Blue Mountain in north-eastern Queensland. It is generally recorded from above 750m asl, although it was once recorded from around 586m asl, although there is a suggestion that this record might be a misidentified C. exiguus.
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Population [top]

Population: It occurs at moderate to high densities, and is one of the most frequently encountered amphibians within its range.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is an inhabitant of moderate- to high-elevation tropical rainforest. Males are usually observed calling from amongst leaf-litter, or from under logs and roots and other debris on the forest floor. It is a terrestrial breeder, and the young develop directly into fully formed froglets.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There is no information on threats to this species. Its very restricted range renders it susceptible to stochastic threatening processes.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The range of this species includes a few protected areas within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. There is a need for close monitoring of the population status of this species given its very limited range.

Citation: Conrad Hoskin 2004. Cophixalus aenigma. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 02 April 2015.
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