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Crinia georgiana

Quacking Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Least Concern

Calling Period

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Description

A medium-sized species of frog reaching up to 4.5 cm in body length. It has a grey, brown, reddish-brown, cream-coloured or nearly black back, with or without darker patches or stripes. There is sometimes a longitudinal stripe along the middle of the back. The eyelids are red or gold. The belly is white and the male has a dark brown throat. The pupil is horizontal and the iris is gold. The armpits, groin, and front and back of the thighs are bright red. Fingers and toes are unwebbed, both without discs. The male has distinctly larger arms than the female.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid singly at the bottom of temporary pools and seepages. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 2.5 cm, and are black, grey or gold-brown in colour, with some silver specks. They often remain at the bottom of water bodies, and take around one to one and a half months to develop into frogs. Breeds during winter to spring after rain.

Similar Species

Looks similar to Crinia glauerti, Crinia insignifera, Crinia pseudinsignifera, Crinia subinsignifera, Geocrinia alba, Geocrinia leai, Geocrinia lutea, Geocrinia rosea, and Geocrinia vitellina in its distribution, but all of these species lack bright red patches in the armpits, groin, and thighs.

Images

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Calls

By: Dale Roberts

By: Grant Webster

By: Tracy Redwood

Distribution

Found in southwest WA.

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