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Cophixalus petrophilus

Blotched Boulder Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Not Evaluated

Calling Period

Possible
Yes
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Description

A small species of frog reaching up to 3 cm in body length. It has a yellow-cream back, with brown mottling. There is a brown horizontal bar between the eyes, a brown W-shaped marking on the upper back, and pale yellow eye-spots on the lower back. There is a yellow-cream patch covering the snout and eyelids, and a brown stripe from the nostril to behind the eye. The lower half of the sides are white. The belly is white or pale pink-grey. The pupil is horizontal and outlined with a red ring; the iris is gold. The groin and back of the thighs are orange. Fingers and toes are unwebbed, both with small discs.

Breeding Biology

Eggs and development are unknown, but are likely to be similar to other Cophixalus species The eggs are likely to be laid in wet crevices under boulders. Breeds during summer after rain.

Similar Species

Looks similar to Cophixalus zweifeli in its distribution, but is smaller, has mottling instead of uniform colour on its back, and has a different call.

Images

Photo: Anders Zimny

Photo: Anders Zimny

Calls

Distribution

Found only in Cape Melville, in the Cape York Region of QLD.

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