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Cyclorana verrucosa

Rough 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 cm in body length. There are two colour forms recognised. It has a green back, with dark and light brown patches (form 1), or a grey-brown back, with darker brown or olive-green patches and a cream-coloured horizontal bar behind the eyes (form 2). In both forms there is a cream-coloured longitudinal stripe along the middle of the back, and a dark brown stripe from the tip of the snout to the arm or the side. The belly is white, and the male has a grey throat. The pupil is horizontal and the iris is copper coloured or gold. Fingers are unwebbed and toes are one-third webbed, both without discs.

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 ponds, swamps, and roadside ditches. Form 2 tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 7.5 cm and are dull gold or gold-white in colour. They often swim at all depths of water bodies, and it is unknown how long they take to develop into frogs. Form 1 tadpoles are unknown, but are likely to be very similar to form 2 tadpoles in colour, habit and development time. Breeds during spring to summer after heavy rain.

Similar Species

Looks similar to the many Cyclorana species in its distribution, but has rougher skin.

Images

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Christopher J Jolly

Photo: Lockie Gilding

Photo: Lockie Gilding

Calls

By: H.B. Hines QPWS

By: Stephen Mahony

Distribution

Found inland in northern NSW and southern QLD.

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