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Geocrinia laevis

Tasmanian Smooth Froglet

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Least Concern

Calling Period

Possible
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Description

A small species of frog reaching up to 3.5 cm in body length. It has a light brown-grey, dark grey, red-brown or brown back, sometimes with small darker or orange patches. There is a brown stripe from the tip of the snout to behind the eye. The belly is white with brown specks, and the male has a yellow throat. The pupil is horizontal, and the iris is gold. The legs sometimes have horizontal brown bars. Fingers and toes are unwebbed, both without discs.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid as a thick string on land in wet soil, vegetation, or leaf litter. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 3 cm and are brown in colour. They often remain at the bottom of water bodies, and take around 5 months to develop into frogs. Breeds during late summer to autumn.

Similar Species

Looks similar to Crinia nimba, Crinia parinsignifera, Crinia tasmaniensis, and Geocrinia victoriana in its distribution, but has a different call.

Images

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Akash Samuel

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Akash Samuel

Calls

By: Louise Smith

By: Jarrah Keenan

By: Murray Littlejohn

Distribution

Found in southwestern VIC and most of TAS.

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