A small species of frog reaching up to nearly 2 cm in body length. It has a grey-brown, light brown or dark brown back, with dark or light brown mottling. There is sometimes a dark horizontal stripe between the eyes, and a dark W-shaped marking on the upper back. There may also be a wide cream-coloured or yellow longitudinal stripe along the middle of the back, and pale eye-spots on the lower back. There is a black stripe behind the eye. The belly is grey or brown, with or without mottling. 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.
Eggs are laid on land as a small cluster connected by a thin jelly string under leaf litter, rocks, and vegetation. The nest is guarded by the male, as it is with other Cophixalus species. Tadpoles never swim in water; instead they develop entirely inside the egg, and hatch as little frogs after around two months. Breeds during spring, summer, and winter.
Looks similar to Cophixalus ornatusin its distribution, but is smaller and has a different call.
Photo: Stephen Mahony
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Found in the Wet Tropics region of QLD.