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Geocrinia leai

Ticking Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Least Concern

Calling Period

Possible
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Description

A small species of frog reaching up to nearly 3 cm in body length. It has a brown, yellow-brown, or grey back. There is often a wide dark longitudinal stripe along the middle of the back that starts between the eyes. The belly is grey, brown or yellow-brown, with darker mottling. The pupil is horizontal, and the iris is gold or brown. The legs often have horizontal bars. Fingers and toes are unwebbed, both without discs.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid as a small cluster on land under wet leaf litter, logs, and vegetation near creeks and ponds. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to nearly 4 cm, and are brown in colour. They often remain at the bottom of water bodies, and take five to six months to develop into frogs. Breeds during autumn to spring.

Similar Species

Looks similar to Crinia georgiana, Crinia glauerti, Crinia insignifera, Crinia pseudinsignifera, Crinia subinsignifera, Geocrinia alba, Geocrinia lutea, Geocrinia rosea, and Geocrinia vitellina in its distribution, but has a different belly colour to all of these species.

Images

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Calls

By: Dale Roberts

By: Jodi Rowley

By: Dave Stewart

Distribution

Found in southwest WA.

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