Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This Australian endemic inhabits the dry and sandy region of central New South Wales and into northern Victoria where it is restricted to the floodplains of the Murray River.
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Distribution and Habitat

Inhabits the dry and sandy region of central New South Wales and northern Victoria where it is restricted to the floodplains of the Murray River.The area of occurrence of the species is approximately 214800 km2.

  • Barker, J., Grigg, G. C., and Tyler, M. J. (1995). A Field Guide to Australian Frogs. Surrey Beatty and Sons, New South Wales.
  • Hero, J.-M., Littlejohn, M., and Marantelli, G. (1991). Frogwatch Field Guide to Victorian Frogs. Department of Conservation and Environment, Victoria.
  • Martin, A.A. (1972). ''Studies in Australian amphibia III. The Limnodynastes dorsalis complex (Anura: Leptodactylidae).'' Australian Journal of Zoology, 20, 165-211.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
Adults have been found in open and disturbed areas and in natural woodland. They spend daylight hours and drier months buried beneath the surface. They have been found aestivating in mounds of Mallee Fowl. Males call in spring and summer whilst floating on vegetation or concealed in burrows at the edges of dams. It breeds in swamps or dams and slow flowing creeks with marginal vegetation. Calling and oviposition take place in flooded burrows. Tadpoles are aquatic and are usually associated with slow or still waters.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
  • Freshwater
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2004

Assessor/s
Harold Cogger, Graeme Gillespie, Frank Lemckert, Peter Robertson

Reviewer/s
Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)

Contributor/s

Justification
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

History
  • 2002
    Least Concern
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Population

Population
It has a large and stable population.

Population Trend
Stable
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Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors

Adults have been found in open and disturbed areas and in natural woodland. Spend day light hours and drier months buried beneath the surface. Have been found aestivating in mounds of Mallee Fowl.Males call in spring and summer whilst floating on vegetation or concealed in burrows at the edges of dams. Breeds in swamps or dams and slow -flowing creeks with marginal vegetation. Calling and oviposition take place in flooded burrows. Tadpoles are aquatic and usually associated with slow or still waters.

  • Barker, J., Grigg, G. C., and Tyler, M. J. (1995). A Field Guide to Australian Frogs. Surrey Beatty and Sons, New South Wales.
  • Hero, J.-M., Littlejohn, M., and Marantelli, G. (1991). Frogwatch Field Guide to Victorian Frogs. Department of Conservation and Environment, Victoria.
  • Martin, A.A. (1972). ''Studies in Australian amphibia III. The Limnodynastes dorsalis complex (Anura: Leptodactylidae).'' Australian Journal of Zoology, 20, 165-211.
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Threats

Major Threats
Agriculture and land-use practices associated with the Murray Darling Basin are a major threat.
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Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors

Populations stable and apparently large. Extent of occurrence > 20,000km2.

Threats
Agriculture and land-use practices associated with the Murray Darling Basin.

Conservation Measures
None in place for the species, but management plans for the Murray-Darling Basin aim to mitigate problems in this area and help to conserve some natural landscape.

  • Barker, J., Grigg, G. C., and Tyler, M. J. (1995). A Field Guide to Australian Frogs. Surrey Beatty and Sons, New South Wales.
  • Hero, J.-M., Littlejohn, M., and Marantelli, G. (1991). Frogwatch Field Guide to Victorian Frogs. Department of Conservation and Environment, Victoria.
  • Martin, A.A. (1972). ''Studies in Australian amphibia III. The Limnodynastes dorsalis complex (Anura: Leptodactylidae).'' Australian Journal of Zoology, 20, 165-211.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
There are no conservation measures in place for the species, but management plans for the Murray-Darling Basin aim to mitigate problems in this area and help to conserve some natural landscape. The range of the species includes several protected areas.
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Wikipedia

Giant banjo frog

The Giant Banjo Frog, Giant Bullfrog, or Great Bullfrog (Limnodynastes interioris) is a species of frog in the Myobatrachidae family. It is endemic to Australia. Its natural habitats are temperate forests, subtropical or tropical swamps, dry savanna, moist savanna, subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland, rivers, intermittent rivers, swamps, freshwater marshes, intermittent freshwater marshes, water storage areas, and ponds. It is threatened by habitat loss.

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