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Crinia pseudinsignifera

Bleating Froglet

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Least Concern

Calling Period

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Description

A small species of frog reaching up to nearly 3 cm in body length. It has a grey or brown back, with or without darker brown or black longitudinal stripes or patches. There is often a dark triangular patch between the eyes. The legs often have dark horizontal bars. The belly is white with brown spots, and the throat is brown. The pupil is nearly round, and the iris is flecked with gold. Fingers and toes are unwebbed, both without discs.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid singly and in small groups in temporary rock pools, swamps, and creeks, where they are attached under rocks or to vegetation under the water. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to nearly 3 cm and are sandy-gold, dark brown or grey in colour, often with a V-shaped patch between the eyes. They remain at the bottom of water bodies, and take about three to four months to develop into frogs. Breeds during winter to early spring.

Similar Species

Looks very similar toCrinia georgiana, Crinia glauerti, Crinia insignifera, and Crinia subinsignifera in its distribution, but has a different call, and lacks the bright red patches in the armpits, groin, and thighs present in Crinia georgiana.

Images

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Calls

By: Grant Webster

By: Dale Roberts

By: Jodi Rowley

Distribution

Found in southwest WA, excluding the Swan Coastal Plain.

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