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Philoria pughi - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Philoria pughi
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 29 Apr 2005
Profile last updated: 04 Jun 2018


Philoria pughi was recently identified following a taxonomic review of the Philoria species of north east NSW. It has a robust, pear-shaped body to 30 mm long, varying in colour from red, yellow or maroon above or, occasionally, light tan or bronze. The flanks usually bear a conspicuous black patch, and a facial stripe extends from the snout through the eye to the base of the forelimb. The belly is mostly yellow with red patches on the abdomen.


A restricted distribution at mid to high elevations from Gibraltar Range State Forest, north-east of Glen Innes, through Gibraltar Range National Park, Washpool National Park and Forest Land State Forest to Girard State Forest west of Casino.

Habitat and ecology

  • Requires continually high moisture levels and is most common in subtropical and temperate rainforests.
  • Found in shallow burrows in mud, moss or leaf-litter in the headwaters and along edges of constantly flowing streams or around permanent soaks in highland forest.
  • Also occurs in wet eucalypt forests, where rock outcrops or cliff bases hold surface moisture.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
New England TablelandsNortheast Forest Lands Known None
New England TablelandsStanthorpe Plateau Known None
NSW North CoastCataract Known None
NSW North CoastRocky River Gorge Known None
NSW North CoastWashpool Known None