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


Mountain Frogs are small, smooth, plump frogs to 30 mm that can be spectacularly coloured dark orange-red above and bright yellow below with a red throat. Like most Philoria species, individuals are variable in colour and pattern, but usually a black band runs from the snout through the eye and down the side of the head and sometimes there are black markings along the back above the groin. They also lack any webbing between the fingers or toes.


The Mountain Frog has restricted distribution from the Mistake Mountains in south-east Queensland, to Ramornie State Forest, west of Grafton, in NSW. In NSW the majority of populations are found near the Queensland border in the vicinity of Tooloom National Park, Koreelah National Park, Mount Clunie National Park and the Border Ranges National Park. In Queensland a number of populations occur in the Main Range National Park.

Habitat and ecology

  • The Mountain Frog, as with other Philoria species, requires continually high moisture levels and is most common in subtropical and temperate rainforests. It is found in shallow burrows in mud moss or in leaf-litter in the headwaters and along the edges of constantly flowing streams or around permanent soaks in highland forest.
  • It 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
Other StateQLD Known None
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Known within 15 km of Queensland border
South Eastern QueenslandWoodenbong Known within 20 km of Queensland border