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Northern Corroboree Frog - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Pseudophryne pengilleyi
Conservation status in NSW: Critically Endangered
Commonwealth status: Critically Endangered
Gazetted date: 17 Dec 2010
Profile last updated: 20 Jun 2019


The Northern Corroboree Frog has bright yellow, yellowish-green or lime-green longitudinal stripes alternating with black stripes on its back, and has black, yellow and white blotches underneath. Adults reach a length of 2.5 - 3 cm. The call is a short "squelch". The tadpoles are dark brown to black and begin to show the characteristic patterning at later stages as the legs develop.


The Northern Corroboree Frog occurs in forests, sub-alpine woodlands and tall heath in the Brindabella Ranges from Mt Bimberi to north of Mt Coree, and the Fiery Range from the Snowy Mountains Highway to Wee Jasper. Populations also occur in the pine plantations near Tumut. The distribution is within National Park, State Forest and other public land.

Habitat and ecology

  • Summer breeding habitat is pools and seepages in sphagnum bogs, wet heath, wet tussock grasslands and herbfields in low-lying depressions.
  • Feed primarily on small black ants and other invertebrates.
  • Males move into the breeding sites in summer and call fro late January to early March from covered depressions or mossy chambers at the edges of pools.
  • Females visit calling males briefly, and lay 20 - 30 large eggs in a terrestrial nest.
  • Males leave the eggs in late summer or early autumn to return to the over-wintering habitat.
  • The embryos develop to an advanced stage within the egg and hatch following substantial autumn or winter rain.
  • Tadpoles overwinter in the pools, feed and grow slowly through spring as the water warms and metamorphose in early summer.
  • Outside the breeding season adults move away from the bogs into the surrounding heath, woodland and forest to overwinter under litter, logs and dense groundcover.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Australian AlpsSnowy Mountains Known Above 700 m altitude
Other StateACT Known None
South Eastern HighlandsBondo Known Above 700 m altitude