Overview

Distribution

Distribution and Habitat

Central inland New South Wales and interior of southern Queensland, west of the Great Dividing Range.

The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 615100 km2.

  • Barker, J., Grigg, G. C., and Tyler, M. J. (1995). A Field Guide to Australian Frogs. Surrey Beatty and Sons, New South Wales.
  • Cogger, H.G. (1992). Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia. Reed Books, New South Wales.
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage

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Specimen Records:66
Specimens with Sequences:61
Specimens with Barcodes:60
Species:3
Species With Barcodes:3
Public Records:1
Public Species:1
Public BINs:0
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Conservation

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors

Inhabits the black soil slopes and flood plains of the large river systems in its range. Found in savanna, woodland and mallee areas. Spends most of its life underground and only emerges after heavy rains.

Breeds in temporary pools after heavy rain. Males call whilst floating in pools. Small eggs are deposited in water. Little is known about tadpole development except that it is rapid to avoid the temporary ponds drying up.

  • Barker, J., Grigg, G. C., and Tyler, M. J. (1995). A Field Guide to Australian Frogs. Surrey Beatty and Sons, New South Wales.
  • Cogger, H.G. (1992). Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia. Reed Books, New South Wales.
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Threats

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors

No known declines and extent of occurrence > 20,000km2.

  • Barker, J., Grigg, G. C., and Tyler, M. J. (1995). A Field Guide to Australian Frogs. Surrey Beatty and Sons, New South Wales.
  • Cogger, H.G. (1992). Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia. Reed Books, New South Wales.
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Wikipedia

Notaden

Notaden is a genus of burrowing ground frogs native to central and northern Australia. Their common name is Australian spadefoot toads.[1]

Description[edit]

Its body is very round in shape with a short neck. Its pupils are horizontal slits. It has long arms and short, stubby legs. Its fingers lack webbing and its toes may have slight to no webbing. The skin is slightly warty and very glandular. Because of its similarity to some species of toads it is often incorrectly referred to as a toad. It excretes poisonous sticky fluid from its skin when handled. It lays eggs in chains similar to some toad species.[citation needed]

Species[edit]

There are four species in this genus:[1]

Common nameBinomial name
Crucifix toadNotaden bennettii (Günther, 1873)
Northern spadefoot toadNotaden melanoscaphus (Hosmer, 1962)
Desert spadefoot toadNotaden nichollsi (Parker, 1940)
Weigel's toadNotaden weigeli (Shea and Johnston, 1988)
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