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Limnodynastes terraereginae

Northern Banjo Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Least Concern

Calling Period

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Description

A large species of frog reaching up to nearly 8 cm in body length. It has a dark brown or grey-brown back, with orange and yellow patches on the sides. The belly is white or yellow. There are bright red patches on the inner thighs and armpits. The pupil is nearly round and the iris is gold. Fingers are unwebbed and toes are slightly webbed, both without discs.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid as a foamy mass on the surface of ponds, dams, swamps, roadside ditches, and creek pools. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 7.5 cm, and are dark grey or dark brown in colour. They often remain on the bottom of water bodies and are camouflaged against the substrate, taking around two months to develop into frogs. Breeds during spring to late summer after rain.

Similar Species

Looks similar to Limnodynastes dumerilii and Limnodynastes interioris in its distribution, but is generally smaller and has less toe webbing than Limnodynastes interioris, and has bright red markings on the inner thighs and armpits that are not present in Limnodynastes dumerilii.

Images

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Calls

By: Jodi Rowley

By: Roslyn Simmond

By: Mark Christiansen

Distribution

Found from northern NSW to far northern QLD along the coast and inland past the ranges.

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