This Australian endemic occurs on the coast and in adjacent upland areas of New South Wales and southern Queensland, up to 800m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species occurs in various habitats. It is often around swamps and lagoons, especially paperbark (Melaleuca) swamps behind coastal sand hills. It is also common in wet and dry sclerophyll forests and urban bush land. It tends to occur on the ground or in low vegetation. By day it hides under rocks or loose bark on trees. It breeds after heavy spring and summer rains in still ephemeral waters (mostly). Males call from low vegetation and the ground near the edge of water. Spawn is entangled in vegetation in very shallow water; larvae are free swimming.
This is a common species.
Development along the New South Wales and Queensland coasts is a threat to the species' habitat.
The range of the species includes several protected areas.
Jean-Marc Hero, Ed Meyer, John Clarke 2004. Litoria dentata. In: IUCN 2014