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Cophixalus crepitans

Rattling Nursery Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Near Threatened

Calling Period

Possible
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Description

A small species of frog reaching up to 1.5 cm in body length. It has a grey or pale brown back, often with black patches. There is often a dark horizontal stripe between the eyes, a dark W-shaped marking on the upper back, and pale yellow eye-spots on the lower back. There is a small black stripe behind the eye. The belly is orange, yellow or brown, with pale specks. The pupil is horizontal and outlined with a red ring; the iris is gold. Fingers and toes are unwebbed, both with large discs. The first finger is very short compared to the rest.

Breeding Biology

Eggs and development are unknown, but are likely to be similar to those of other Cophixalus species. Possibly breeds during spring to summer.

Similar Species

Looks similar to Cophixalus peninsularis in its distribution, but is slightly smaller. It is possible that Cophixalus peninsularis is not a species, but has just been confused with large Cophixalus crepitans individuals.

Images

Photo: Anders Zimny

Calls

By: Keith McDonald

Distribution

Found only in the McIlwraith Range, in the Cape York region of QLD.

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