Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
While there are no specific known threats to this species, there are instances of coastal overgrazing near the protected area that promote concern. There is also the theoretical concern that future coastal development pressures, including tourism itself, could reduce the effective fragile dune habitat of this frog. The greatest threat, however, is the possibility of a prolonged drought which could greatly reduce the protective soil moisture burrowing habitat of A. rotunda and cause a catastrophic population decline, given the very limited species range.
Protected in Shark Bay due to World Heritage Listing and also protected in Kalbarri National Park.
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