Pseudophryne bibronii Click to enlarge image
Bibron's Toadlet u000d New England National Park, New South Wales u000d 30.02 Image: G A Hoye
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    bibronii
    Genus
    Pseudophryne
    Family
    Myobatrachidae
    Order
    Anura
    Subclass
    Lissamphibia
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    3 cm

Introduction

The Brown Toadlet is the most widespread of its group (genus Pseudophryne), occurring throughout southern Australia.

Habitat

The Brown Toadlet lives in forests, heathlands and grasslands where it can be heard calling throughout the year.

Distribution

The Brown Toadlet is found in south-eastern Australia.



Communication

The male Brown Toadlets call with a grating 'ark' or squelching sound from burrows made in damp soil or from under rocks or within grass clumps.

Life history cycle

Brown Toadlet eggs are usually laid in the burrow or in damp leaf mould and are larger and fewer in number than eggs from most frogs that breed in water. When they are fully developed, eggs hatch with the first heavy rainfall. This washes the eggs out of the burrow and into a creek or pond where the tadpoles continue their development.

Conservation status

This species, as well as its relatives like the Red Crowned Toadlet (P. australis), and also the Corroboree Frog (P. corroboree), are in decline for reasons we don't fully understand.