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Cyclorana maculosa

Daly Waters 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 5.5 cm in body length. It has a yellow, yellow-brown or cream-coloured back, with several distinct dark brown patches and a thin, longitudinal stripe along the middle. There is also a horizontal stripe behind the eyes. There is a dark brown stripe from the tip of the snout to the arm. The belly is white, and the male has a grey throat. The pupil is horizontal, and the iris is gold in the upper half and grey in the lower half. Fingers are unwebbed and toes are half-webbed, both without discs. It is currently uncertain if this species, Litoria brevipes, and Litoria longipes are actually three separate species, so it is possible they may be merged or renamed in the future.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are unknown, but are likely to be similar to those of Litoria cultripes and laid under the surface of the water in temporary pools. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 6.5 cm, and are clear white-silver in colour. They swim at all depths of water bodies, and take around one month to develop into frogs. Breeds during spring to summer in the wet season.

Similar Species

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

Images

Photo: Aaron Payne

Calls

Distribution

Found in northern and central NT, and far northwestern QLD.

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