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Crinia flindersensis

Northern Flinders Ranges Froglet

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Not Evaluated

Calling Period

Possible
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Description

A small species of frog reaching up to 2.5 cm in body length. It has a light brown, reddish-brown or dark brown back, with darker patches. The belly is white with small dark brown patches and spots, and the male has a grey-brown throat. The pupil is nearly round and the iris is gold. Fingers and toes are unwebbed, both without discs.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid as a single layer under rocks in slow-flowing creeks. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 3.5 cm and are pale gold, dark gold-brown, or nearly black in colour. They often remain at the bottom of water bodies, and it is unknown how long they take to develop into frogs. Breeds during late winter to late spring.

Similar Species

Looks very similar to Crinia riparia, but has a slightly different distribution. DNA testing is otherwise needed to distinguish these two species.

Images

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Grant Webster

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Distribution

Found in the northern Flinders Ranges, in SA.

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