Rheobatrachus vitellinus Mahony, Tyler, and Davies, 1984

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Myobatrachoidea > Family: Myobatrachidae > Genus: Rheobatrachus > Species: Rheobatrachus vitellinus

Rheobatrachus vitellinus Mahony, Tyler, and Davies, 1984, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust., 108: 155. Holotype: QM J42529, by original designation. Type locality: "Eungella National Park, 148° 38′ 00 E.; 21° 01′ 30 S., Queensland", Australia.

English Names

Northern Gastric-brooding Frog (CITES; Tyler and Knight, 2009, Field Guide Frogs Aust.: 128).

Eungella Gastric-brooding Frog (CITES).

Northern Platypusfrog (Ingram, Nattrass, and Czechura, 1993, Mem. Queensland Mus., 33: 223).

Northern Platypus Frog (Barker, Grigg, and Tyler, 1995, Field Guide Aust. Frogs., Ed. 2: 353).


Known only from the Clarke Range, near Eungella, Queensland, Australia.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Australia

Endemic: Australia


Possibly extinct; no recent sightings (see Couper, 1992, Wildl. Aust., 1992: 10–11, and McDonald, 1990, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust., 114: 187–194). See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 143, who regarded the species as extinct. See brief account by Tyler and Knight, 2009, Field Guide Frogs Aust.: 128–129. Cutajar, Portway, Gillard, and Rowley, 2022, Tech. Rep. Aust. Mus. Online, 36: 42, provided a polygon distribution map.

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