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Litoria adelaidensis

Slender Tree Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Least Concern

Calling Period

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Description

A medium-sized species of frog reaching up to 6 cm in body length. It has a pale brown, brown or green back, often with large green patches. There is a dark stripe from the tip of the snout to the side, and a thinner white stripe that runs underneath. The belly is white. The pupil is horizontal and the iris is gold. There are small bright red or orange spots on the back of the thighs. Fingers are slightly webbed and toes are three-quarters webbed, both with small discs.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid as large clusters just beneath the surface of the water in permanent swamps and ponds, and are attached to vegetation. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 5.5 cm, and are clear gold to nearly black in colour. They often swim at the surface of water bodies and take at least three months to develop into frogs, although tadpoles in colder areas may take much longer. Breeds during spring and early summer.

Similar Species

Does not look similar to any other species in its distribution.

Images

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Evan Pickett

Calls

By: Dale Roberts

By: Grant Webster

By: Kevin Bull

Distribution

Found in southwest WA from near Geraldton, then east along the coast to Esperance.

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