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Cyclorana alboguttata

Striped Burrowing Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Least Concern

Calling Period

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Description

A large species of frog reaching up to 8.5 cm in body length. It has a brown or olive-green back with brown patches and a pale green or brown longitudinal stripe down the middle. There is often a longitudinal row of raised bumps on either side of the back stripe. There is a wider dark stripe from the tip of the snout past the eye to the shoulder. There is light brown and white mottling along the upper lip. The belly is white, and the throat is sometimes brown. The pupil is horizontal and the iris is gold. The backs of thighs are light brown with white spots. Fingers are unwebbed and toes are half-webbed, both without discs.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid as floating clusters near the edges of dams and flooded ditches. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to nearly 11 cm, and are yellow-brown to olive-brown in colour. They swim in large schools, and take two to eight weeks to develop into frogs. Breeds during spring and summer, especially after heavy rain.

Similar Species

Looks similar to the many Cyclorana species in its distribution, but can generally be distinguished by having combinations of: longitudinal rows of raised bumps, a longitudinal pale green back stripe, colour pattern on the backs of the thighs, as well as light brown and white mottling along the upper lip. Looks most similar to Cyclorana verrucosa, but has smoother skin and is larger.

Images

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Calls

By: Keith McDonald

By: Jodi Rowley

Distribution

Found in inland NSW, coastal and western QLD, and coastal NT.

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