This Australian endemic occurs along the coast from mid-eastern New South Wales to eastern Victoria. It has been recorded between 100-800m asl. The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 60,000km2.
Habitat and Ecology
This species occurs in wet or dry forest, temperate rainforest and woodland. Its preferred habitat is rocky flowing streams in heavily forested areas. It often hides under rocks along streams. It is restricted to streams with intact riparian vegetation. Breeding occurs in spring (September and October). Males call from a variety of positions, including from rocks and low vegetation within a few metres of shallow slow-flowing water. About 650-900 eggs are laid and sink to the bottom where they adhere to rocks in pools and backwaters of streams.
This species is rarely seen.
Loss of habitat for farming and urbanization is a localized threat. Disturbances upstream of breeding sites are also a problem
The species range includes several protected areas. It is sometimes bred in some Australian zoos.
We follow Cogger, Cameron and Cogger (1983) in considering Litoria jenolanensis to be a synonym of this species.
Jean-Marc Hero, Frank Lemckert, Peter Robertson 2004. Litoria citropa. In: IUCN 2014