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Crinia subinsignifera

South Coast Froglet

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Least Concern

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 brown, grey or yellow-brown back, with or without darker patches or longitudinal stripes. There is often a dark brown stripe from the tip of the snout to the side, and a triangular patch between the eyes. The belly is white, and the male has dark brown specks on the throat. The pupil is horizontal, and the iris is gold. The legs have horizontal bars. Fingers and toes are unwebbed, both with small discs.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are unknown, but are likely to be similar to those of other species of Crinia, and are laid in swamps and flooded ditches. Tadpoles can reach a total length of 2.5 cm, and are dark brown in colour, with gold patches. Tadpoles are likely to be similar to other species of Crinia in habit, but it is unknown how long they take to develop into frogs. Breeds during spring to summer in the wet season.

Similar Species

Looks most similar to Crinia glauerti, Crinia georgiana, Crinia insignifera, and Crinia pseudinsignifera 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: Adam Parsons

Calls

By: Dale Roberts

Distribution

Found in southwest WA.

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