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Olongburra 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 olongburensis
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 01 Dec 2017


The slender Olongburra Frog is a small species, about 3cm long. It is smooth light green or light brown above, cream and granular below. A dark brown streak runs from the nostril to the eye, then from behind the eye down the side of the body. From the eye, this streak is bordered below by a raised white stripe that breaks into a series of spots towards the flank. The snout is pointed and undercut and the call is a very rapid buzz, repeated several times.


Olongburra Frogs are found in coastal wallum swamps from Fraser Island in southern Queensland to Yuraygir National Park in northern NSW.

Habitat and ecology

  • The Olongburra Frog is an "acid" frog confined to the coastal sandplain wallum swamps. Their life-cycle is adapted to the acidic pH (2.8-5.5) of these wetlands. Frogs are highest in abundance in relatively undisturbed wallum swamps.
  • Breeding habitat is characterised by the presence of emergent sedges, with upright species such as Baumea spp. and Schoenus spp. preferred by adult frogs for perching. Frogs can be found in breeding habitat all year. However, little is known about habitat use when breeding is not occurring and drier areas adjacent to primary habitat may also be utilised.
  • Breeding occurs mainly in spring, summer and autumn after rain. Eggs are laid singly in water at the base of sedges.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastYuraygir Known Within 10 km of coast
OceanTweed-Moreton Known None
Other StateQLD Known None
South Eastern QueenslandBurringbar-Conondale Ranges Known Within 10 km of coast
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Lowlands Known Within 10 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