Litoria aurea Click to enlarge image
Green and Golden Bell Frog, Woodberry Image: G Little
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • NSW Conservation Status
    Endangered species
  • Classification
    Species
    aurea
    Genus
    Litoria
    Family
    Hylidae
    Order
    Anura
    Subclass
    Lissamphibia
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    8.5 cm

Introduction

The Green and Golden Bell Frog was once one of the most common frog species on Australia's south-eastern coast.



Habitat

The Green and Golden Bell Frog occurs in large, permanent, open-water swamps or ponds that have a variable water level and dense vegetation.

Distribution

The Green and Golden Bell Frog is found in eastern New South Wales.



Communication

The Green and Golden Bell Frog has a distinctive three-part call that sounds a bit like a motor bike changing gears.

Conservation status

Green and Golden Bell Frog populations have declined, probably as a result of habitat loss, introduced predators and other factors. It was listed as endangered under the New South Wales Threatened Species Act and is classified as vulnerable nationally.

In Sydney, despite this population decline, it is still present in a number of sites. One of these was the 2000 Olympic Games site at Homebush Bay, right where the tennis courts were meant to be built. The presence of the frog meant the building plans were halted and the courts eventually built elsewhere. Because of other work on the site, more frog habitat had to be created nearby. The Homebush Bay population has been monitored by the Australian Museum ever since and seems to be stable despite the surrounding site development.