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Crinia parinsignifera

Eastern Sign-bearing Froglet

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Least Concern

Calling Period

Possible
Yes
Peak
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Description

A small species of frog reaching up to 2.5 cm in body length. It has a grey, brown or sandy-gold back, with or without darker patches or longitudinal stripes. There is often a dark triangular patch between the eyes. The legs often have dark horizontal bars. The belly is cream-coloured, with several small light brown spots. The pupil is horizontal, and the iris is flecked with gold. Fingers and toes are unwebbed, both without discs.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid singly in shallow muddy water in ponds and swamps, where they are attached to grass stems or substrate. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 3.5 cm and are black or dark grey in colour, with gold patches increasing as the tadpoles grow. They remain at the bottom of water bodies where they are camouflaged against the sediment. They take about three months to develop into frogs, although tadpoles in colder areas may take much longer. Breeds during any time of the year, except the middle of winter.

Similar Species

Looks similar to Geocrinia laevis, Geocrinia victoriana, Crinia signifera, Crinia sloanei, Uperoleia fusca, Uperoleia laevigata, Uperoleia rugosa, and Uperoleia tyleri in its distribution, but has a different call.

Images

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Calls

By: Jodi Rowley

By: Grant Webster

Distribution

Found in southeast QLD, most of NSW, the ACT, north and western VIC, and eastern SA.

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