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Litoria axillaris

Kimberley Rocket Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Not Evaluated

Calling Period

Possible
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Description

A small species of frog reaching up to 2.5 cm in body length. It has a grey or dark brown back, with two dark brown longitudinal stripes on the middle, and sometimes several small dark spots also. There is a black stripe from the tip of the snout to the side. The upper lip is white and outlined with dark brown. The belly is yellow-white. The pupil is horizontal, and the iris is gold in the upper half and dark brown in the lower half. The groin is yellow-white. Fingers are unwebbed and toes are three-quarters webbed, both with small discs.

Breeding Biology

Eggs, tadpoles, and development time are unknown. Breeds during summer in the wet season.

Similar Species

Looks very similar to the many other rocket frog species in its distribution. Looks most similar to Litoria coplandi and Litoria staccato, but has a different call, and these species lack two dark brown longitudinal back stripes.

Images

Photo: Paul Doughty

Photo: Paul Doughty

Calls

By: Paul Doughty

Distribution

Found only in the northwest area of the Kimberley region in WA.

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