AmphibiaWeb - Cophixalus exiguus


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Cophixalus exiguus Zweifel & Parker, 1969
Scanty Frog
family: Microhylidae
subfamily: Asterophryinae
genus: Cophixalus
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Near Threatened (NT)
National Status None
Regional Status None



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Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia


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Found in a small area south of Cooktown in north-eastern Queensland. Geographically isolated from other species of Cophixalus. The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 400 km2. After a gap of 25 years it was recently collected from Big Tableland, north Queensland.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Found beneath cover (logs, stones, leaf litter) in rainforest comprising vine forest, including areas with Acacia. Calls from beneath leaves and in hollow tree trunks. Believed to be a terrestrial breeder with direct development.

Trends and Threats
Limited extent of occurrence (< 100km2), with similar area of occupancy. Abundant within this area, large population size.

Occurs in National Parks in the Wet Tropics. Threats are mainly from human impacts on the parks, for example: erosion following human traffic, increased visitation, habitat degradation and development of walking tracks and other tourist facilities.

Conservation Measures
Protected where their habitat occurs in a National Park.


Barker, J., Grigg, G. C., and Tyler, M. J. (1995). A Field Guide to Australian Frogs. Surrey Beatty and Sons, New South Wales.

McDonald, K.R. (1992). Distribution Patterns and Conservation Status of North Queensland Rainforest Frogs. Conservation Technical Report No. 1. Department of Environment and Heritage, Queensland.

Zweifel, R.G. (1985). ''Australian frogs of the family Microhylidae.'' Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, 182, 265-388.

Originally submitted by: Jean-Marc Hero et. al. (first posted 2002-04-05)
Edited by: Ambika Sopory, Jean-Marc Hero, Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-16)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Cophixalus exiguus: Scanty Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Apr 20, 2024.

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