Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Although the IUCN does not consider A. rotunda
to be threatened, this species was the first frog in Australia to be classified as worthy of protection under federal legislation in 1978. Tyler has estimated the present viable range of A. rotunda at a mere 5300 square kilometers (1998). A. rotunda
is considered locally abundant in this narrow range; moreover, the total species population could be on the order of 100,000,000 individuals, provided the limited field data can be extrapolated to the total range. Caution indicates that one should not be overly confident of this species security, since the limited range alone places A. rotunda
in a position of risk, in the event of prolonged drought years, where upper soils could be subject to dessication.
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.