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Threatened species

Wallum Froglet - 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: Crinia tinnula
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 01 Dec 2017


Wallum Froglets are small (to about 20mm) and extremely variable in colour and pattern. They range from light grey or brown to dark grey above and usually white or light brown below (sparsely flecked or heavily mottled with darker patches). They have a relatively pointed snout that projects beyond the lower jaw. A fine median line of white dots often occurs on the underside on the throat that may continue across the belly. They have no webbing on their feet and toe pads are absent. Pupils are horizontal. The call is a distinctive short high-pitched ringing ‘tching..tching..’, heard throughout the year, particularly following rain.


Wallum Froglets are found along the coastal margin from Litabella National Park in south-east Queensland to Kurnell in Sydney.

Habitat and ecology

  • Wallum Froglets are found in a wide range of habitats, usually associated with acidic swamps on coastal sand plains. They typically occur in sedgelands and wet heathlands. They can also be found along drainage lines within other vegetation communities and disturbed areas, and occasionally in swamp sclerophyll forests.
  • The species breeds in swamps with permanent water as well as shallow ephemeral pools and drainage ditches. Breeding is thought to peak in the colder months, but can occur throughout the year following rain. Eggs of 1.1-1.2mm are deposited in water with a pH of <6 and tadpoles take 2-6 months to develop into frogs.
  • Wallum Froglets shelter under leaf litter, vegetation, other debris or in burrows of other species. Shelter sites are wet or very damp and often located near the water's edge. Males may call throughout the year and at any time of day, peaking following rain.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastCoffs Coast and Escarpment Known Within 10 km of coast
NSW North CoastKaruah Manning Known None
NSW North CoastMacleay Hastings Known Within 10 km of coast
NSW North CoastYuraygir Known Within 10 km of coast
OceanHawkesbury Shelf Known None
Other StateQLD Known None
South Eastern QueenslandBurringbar-Conondale Ranges Known Within 10 km of coast
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Lowlands Known Within 30 km of coast
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Known Within 10 km of coast
South Eastern QueenslandSunshine Coast-Gold Coast Lowlands Known Within 10 km of coast
Sydney BasinHunter Known None
Sydney BasinPittwater Known Kurnell Penninsula, the margins of Botany Bay
Sydney BasinWyong Known None