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Sloane's Froglet - 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: Crinia sloanei
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Endangered
Gazetted date: 28 Mar 2008
Profile last updated: 16 Oct 2019


Sloane's Froglet is a small ground-dwelling frog belonging to the family Myobatrichidae. This species superficially resembles other frogs of the genus Crinia, but it can be readily identified by its physical characteristics and call. C. sloanei shows far less variation in back colour pattern than other Crinia species, having a mustard yellow or greyish back with large patches of darker pigment over the body. The throat of males is greyish green. The call is described as a short metallic 'chick chick chick chick' repeated frequently.


Sloane's Froglet has been recorded from widely scattered sites in the floodplains of the Murray-Darling Basin, with the majority of records in the Darling Riverine Plains, NSW South Western Slopes and Riverina bioregions in New South Wales. It has not been recorded recently in the northern part of its range and has only been recorded infrequently in the southern part of its range in NSW. At a number of sites where records are verified by museum specimens, the species has not been subsequently detected during more recent frog surveys in the vicinity (e.g. Holbrook, Nyngan, Wagga Wagga and Tocumwal). The low number of sites, low number of recorded individuals per site, and the low proportion of records of this species in regional surveys all indicate that a moderately low number of mature individuals exist. The apparent loss from previous recorded sites and decline in recording rates indicates that this is not just a rare or uncommonly encountered species, but that there has been a reduction in population size and range.

Habitat and ecology

  • It is typically associated with periodically inundated areas in grassland, woodland and disturbed habitats.

Regional distribution and habitat

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Brigalow Belt SouthMoonie-Barwon Interfluve Predicted None
Brigalow Belt SouthNarrandool Predicted None
Brigalow Belt SouthPilliga Predicted None
Brigalow Belt SouthPilliga Outwash Known None
Brigalow Belt SouthTalbragar Valley Predicted None
Cobar PeneplainBarnato Downs Predicted None
Cobar PeneplainCanbelego Downs Predicted None
Cobar PeneplainLachlan Plains Known None
Cobar PeneplainNymagee Predicted None
Darling Riverine PlainsBogan-Macquarie Known None
Darling Riverine PlainsCastlereagh-Barwon Known None
Darling Riverine PlainsCulgoa-Bokhara Predicted None
Darling Riverine PlainsWarrambool-Moonie Predicted None
Mulga LandsNebine Plains Predicted None
Mulga LandsWarrego Plains Predicted None
Murray Darling DepressionDarling Depression Predicted None
Murray Darling DepressionSouth Olary Plain Predicted None
NSW South Western SlopesInland Slopes Known None
NSW South Western SlopesLower Slopes Known None
RiverinaLachlan Predicted None
RiverinaMurray Fans Known None
RiverinaMurrumbidgee Known None