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Fleay's Barred 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: Mixophyes fleayi
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Endangered
Gazetted date: 21 Jul 2000
Profile last updated: 04 Jun 2018


Fleay’s Barred Frogs are moderate to large frogs up to 90 mm long. They are medium to pale brown above, with obscure darker brown blotches. The iris is silver-blue in the upper half and brown in the lower half. This frog is distinguishable from other barred frog species by the narrow barring across the limbs, blotches on the upper lip and flank, and distinctive eye colour. The call is either a short “op..op..op” or longer “a.a.a.a.ah”.


A restricted distribution on the eastern side of the ranges in south-east Queensland (south from Conondale ranges) and northeast NSW. Recent records in NSW are from Nightcap National Park, Border Ranges National Park, Mt. Warning National Park, Tooloom National Park and Yabbra National Park.

Habitat and ecology

  • Rainforest and wet eucalypt forest of the escarpment and foothills, usually close to gravely streams.
  • The species occurs along stream habitats from first to third order streams (i.e. small streams close to their origin through to permanent streams with grades of 1 in 50) but is not found in ponds or ephemeral pools.
  • A nest is constructed in the shallow running water that occurs between pools in relatively wide, flat sections of the stream. Eggs are deposited in a shallow excavation in the stream bed or pasted directly onto bed rock.
  • Individuals have be found hundreds of metres away from streams.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Other StateQLD Known None
South Eastern QueenslandBurringbar-Conondale Ranges Known None
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Known North of Kyogle
South Eastern QueenslandSunshine Coast-Gold Coast Lowlands Predicted None
South Eastern QueenslandWoodenbong Known North of Bonalbo