This species occurs in Australia in northern Queensland, on the Upper Cape York Peninsula and Torres Strait Islands. It is also moderately widespread in the lowland savannahs of southern New Guinea in Papua New Guinea. It occurs in lowlands up to 250m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
Primarily in seasonally dry forest and woodland habitats. Also occurs in small dams and marshy areas. Congregates around creeks and flooded depressions where there is ground cover during the wet season. In the dry season it emerges to forage in moist microhabitats (creekbeds and soaks). Breeding takes place in summer. Males call from the banks of temporary pools. Spawn consists of around 450 eggs and is deposited in pools in creeks and streamside pools. It has also been observed in artificial waterbodies (dams and cattle water tanks). In New Guinea this species inhabits open woody savannah. It breeds in swamps and temporary pools.
It occurs at moderate densities in New Guinea.
The major threats are habitat loss from development and logging Australia.
Its distribution needs to be better documented in New Guinea. Its range includes the Bensbach Wildlife Management Area in New Guinea as well as a few protected areas in Australia.
Jean-Marc Hero, Richard Retallick, Stephen Richards, Fred Parker 2004. Litoria nigrofrenata. In: IUCN 2014