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Cyclorana brevipes

Short-footed Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Least Concern

Calling Period

Possible
Yes
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Description

A medium-sized species of frog reaching up to 4.5 cm in body length. It has a sandy-yellow or beige with dark brown patches, and a thin longitudinal stripe along the middle. There is also a horizontal stripe behind the eyes. There is a wide dark brown stripe from the tip of the snout to the arm. The belly is white, and the male has small dark patches on the throat. The pupil is horizontal and the iris is bronze. Fingers are unwebbed and toes are slightly webbed, both without discs. It is currently uncertain whether this species, Litoria longipes, and Litoria maculosa are actually three separate species, so it is possible they may be merged or renamed in the future.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid as large clumps that sink to the bottom of the water in flooded grassland, ponds, and dams. Tadpoles can reach a total length of 8 cm, and are gold in colour. They swim in large schools, and take at least one month to develop into frogs. Breeds during summer after heavy rain.

Similar Species

Looks similar to the many Cyclorana species in its distribution. Looks most similar to Cyclorana cultripes, Cyclorana longipes and Cyclorana maculosa, but has a different call, while Cyclorana maculosa also has a different back colour pattern and Cyclorana longipes has a mostly different distribution.

Images

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Photo: Jodi Rowley

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Calls

By: Dave Stewart

By: Keith McDonald

Distribution

Found throughout coastal and inland QLD, northwest NSW, and northeastern NT.

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