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Limnodynastes fletcheri

Barking Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Least Concern

Calling Period

Possible
Yes
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Description

A medium-sized frog reaching up to 5.5 cm in body length. It has a beige or grey-brown back with darker spots and patches. The belly is white. The pupil is nearly round and the iris is golden brown. There are often small pink or purple patches just above the eyes. Fingers are unwebbed and toes are slightly webbed, both without discs.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid as a foamy mass on the surface of dams, swamps, wetlands, and flooded roadside ditches. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 8 cm, and are dull whitish gold or brown in colour. They often remain on the bottom of water bodies, and take four to five months to develop into frogs. Breeds mainly during spring to autumn, but can breed any time of year after rain.

Similar Species

Looks similar to Limnodynastes convexiusculus and Limnodynastes tasmaniensis in its distribution, but often has small pink or purple patches above the eyes and has a different call. It also has smoother skin than Limnodynastes convexiusculus, and usually lacks the longitudinal stripe along the middle of the back present in Limnodynastes tasmaniensis.

Images

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo:

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Calls

By: Kylie Hammond

By: Duncan Farquhar

Distribution

Found west of the ranges throughout southern QLD; in NSW; then south following the Murray River through VIC into SA.

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