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Philoria richmondensis - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Philoria richmondensis
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 29 Apr 2005
Profile last updated: 22 Jul 2020


Philoria richmondensis was recently identified following a taxonomic review of the Philoria species of north east NSW. It has a robust, pear-shaped body to 28 mm long, varying in colour from yellow, red or maroon above or, occasionally, light tan or bronze. A facial stripe extends from the snout through the eye to the base of the forelimb. Most specimens have black patches on the lower back, which occasionally join at the midline to form an arrow-shape pointing to the head.


A restricted distribution at mid to high elevations from the Richmond Range, Toonumbar and Yabbra areas north-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
South Eastern QueenslandWoodenbong Known None