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Threatened species

Green-thighed Frog - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Litoria brevipalmata
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 21 Jan 2019


Green-thighed Frogs are named for the bright green or blue-green colour on the groin and back of the thighs. They are small frogs (to 40 mm in length), rich brown to chocolate brown on the back, sometimes with smaller black flecks. A broad black stripe runs from the snout to the flank, ending as a series of blotches. The call is a continuous series of ‘quack’ or ‘wok’ sounds.


Isolated localities along the coast and ranges from just north of Wollongong to south-east Queensland.

Habitat and ecology

  • Green-thighed Frogs occur in a range of habitats from rainforest and moist eucalypt forest to dry eucalypt forest and heath, typically in areas where surface water gathers after rain. It prefers wetter forests in the south of its range, but extends into drier forests in northern NSW and southern Queensland.
  • Breeding occurs following heavy rainfall from spring to autumn, with larger temporary pools and flooded areas preferred. Frogs may aggregate around breeding sites and eggs are laid in loose clumps among waterplants, including water weeds. The larvae are free swimming.
  • The frogs are thought to forage in leaf-litter.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastCataract Known None
NSW North CoastChaelundi Known None
NSW North CoastCoffs Coast and Escarpment Known None
NSW North CoastComboyne Plateau Known None
NSW North CoastKaruah Manning Known None
NSW North CoastMacleay Hastings Known None
NSW North CoastWashpool Known None
NSW North CoastYuraygir Known None
Other StateQLD Known None
South Eastern QueenslandBurringbar-Conondale Ranges Predicted None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Lowlands Known None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Sandstones Known None
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Known None
South Eastern QueenslandSunshine Coast-Gold Coast Lowlands Known None
South Eastern QueenslandWoodenbong Known None
Sydney BasinHunter Known None
Sydney BasinPittwater Predicted None
Sydney BasinWyong Known None