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Davies' Tree 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 daviesae
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Gazetted date: 13 Dec 2002
Profile last updated: 25 Feb 2024


Davies' Tree Frog grows to 63mm long. It has a broad olive-green stripe from the snout to the top of the arm and a narrow dark-brown stripe from the snout through the eye, broadening and breaking into patches along the sides. There is also a green stripe on the outer thigh. This species was previously recognised as the Glandular Frog Litoria subglandulosa from which it is distinguished by its lightly shagreened skin, uniform golden brown to mottled brown and green colouration and greater body length (up to 63 mm, compared to 50 mm for L. subglandulosa)


Davies' Tree Frog occurs as a series of small populations along the eastern escarpment of the Great Divide and adjacent tablelands above 400 m elevation. Its habitat is highly fragmented and restricted to the region from Carrai Plateau to the Barrington Tops area.

Habitat and ecology

  • Davies' Tree Frog occurs in permanent, slow-flowing small streams above 400 m elevation, mostly in the headwaters of eastern-flowing streams (although it does occur in the headwaters of the western-flowing Peel River).
  • On the tablelands, riparian habitat may be montane heath or dry open forest with fringing tea tree, tussocks and ferns. Escarpment habitat is typically rainforest and wet sclerophyll with a rainforest understorey.
  • Breeding occurs in spring and early summer. Daytime calling is common during the breeding season. At night, males can be found calling from perched positions on trees and shrubs 0.5 - 1.5 m above streams.
  • The species has rarely been observed away from the riparian zone, implying a reliance on that zone for breeding and foraging. However, nothing is known of habitat use outside the breeding season.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NandewarPeel Known None
New England TablelandsWalcha Plateau Known None
NSW North CoastBarrington Known None
NSW North CoastCarrai Plateau Known None
NSW North CoastComboyne Plateau Known None
NSW North CoastMacleay Hastings Known South of Hastings River
NSW North CoastMummel Escarpment Known None
NSW North CoastTomalla Known None
NSW North CoastUpper Manning Known None