Eastern water-holding frog

species of Amphibia

The eastern water-holding frog, flat-headed frog, common water-holding frog or water-holding frog (Ranoidea platycephala) is a frog from Australia. It lives in the dry middle of the country in Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales.[2][3]

Eastern water-holding frog
Cyclorana platycephala.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Clade: Ranoidea
R. platycephala
Binomial name
Ranoidea platycephala
(Günther, 1873)
Phyllochroa distib.PNG
  • Chiroleptes platycephalus (Günther, 1863)
  • Phractops platycephalus (Nieden, 1923)
  • Cyclorana platycephalus (Parker, 1940)
  • Cyclorana slevini (Loveridge, 1950)
  • Neophractops platycephalus (Wells and Wellington, 1985)
  • Neophractops slevini (Wells and Wellington, 1985)
  • Dryopsophus platycephala (Wells and Wellington, 1985)
  • Cyclorana platycephala (Duellman, 1985)
  • Litoria (Cyclorana) platycephala (Frost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006)
  • Dryopsophus platycephala (Duellman, Marion, and Hedges, 2016)
  • Ranoidea platycephala (Dubois and Frétey, 2016)

The adult frog is from 6.0 to 9.0 cm long. It is dark in color or mottled green.[4] This frog lives in many kinds of land, for example grasslands, temporary wetlands, and Australian wetlands called billabongs. When the weather is dry, this frog digs a burrow in the ground and saves water. It lays eggs, 500 at a time, when the ground floods and makes temporary pools.[3]


  1. Hero, J.; Lemckert, F.; Robertson, P.; Mahony, M. (2008). "Litoria platycephala". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. p. e.T41076A10396927. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T41076A10396927.en. Retrieved September 27, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Ranoidea platycephala (Günther, 1863)". American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved September 27, 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.M. Hero. "Cyclorana platycephala: Eastern water-holding frog". Amphibiaweb. Retrieved September 27, 2020. Unknown parameter |displayauthors= ignored (help)
  4. "Cyclorana platycephala: Water-holding Frog". Frogs of Australia. Retrieved September 27, 2020.