This Australian endemic occurs on the eastern escarpment of the Great Dividing Range from "The Flags" near Walcha, New South Wales, in the south, to Girraween National Park, Queensland, in the north (Mahoney et al. 2001). It occurs at altitudes above 600m, and possibly up to 1,400m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
The species lives near slow-flowing and small streams in dry and wet sclerophyll forest, rainforest, montane forest and heath land. It is also found in semi-cleared grazing lands. It breeds in spring and tadpoles have tentacles around their mouths (rather than a horny beak).
It appears that this species underwent historical declines. However, most populations were discovered from 1990 onwards and so little historical basis exists for assessing the level of these declines. Noticeable declines have been recorded in three populations on the coast of northern New South Wales. It is now absent from some sites, but the status of populations at other sites is not well known.
The removal of riparian vegetation, especially by grazing and timber harvesting, is a major threat. Pollution of streams by agricultural and domestic by-products is a threat to this riparian species. Trout have also been released into streams that support small populations of the frog.
The range of the species includes several protected areas.
Litoria daviesae, a newly described species, was recently separated from L. subglandulosa by Mahony et al. (2001).
Jean-Marc Hero, Harry Hines, John Clarke, Peter Robertson 2004. Litoria subglandulosa. In: IUCN 2014