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Litoria barringtonensis

Barrington Tops Tree Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Unlisted

Calling Period

Possible
Yes
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Description

A medium-sized species of frog reaching up to nearly 4 cm in body length. It has a bright green back, which can become very dark when the frog is inactive. There are some small black spots on the back, and a narrow gold stripe from the tip of the snout past the eye to the middle of the side. The belly is white. The pupil is horizontal and the iris is gold. Fingers are slightly webbed and toes are three-quarters webbed, both with large discs.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid as several clusters attached to rocks under the water in pools or stream backwaters. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 4 cm, and are dark grey-brown to black in colour, with tiny gold spots. They often remain at the bottom of water bodies, and take around two months to develop into frogs. Breeds during spring and summer.

Similar Species

Looks very similar to Litoria phyllochroa, Litoria piperata and Litoria pearsoniana in its distribution. At present, these species can be distinguished most easily by their different calls. Research currently underway at the Australian Museum may reveal more about how to distinguish them. Also looks similar to Litoria gracilenta in its distribution, but lacks the bright yellow hands and feet, and also lacks purple on the backs of the thighs.

Images

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Photo: Jordan Mulder

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Photo: Jordan Mulder

Calls

By: Jodi Rowley

By: Jodi Rowley

By: Jodi Rowley

Distribution

Found only in northern NSW from the New England Tableland, south to the Barrington Tops region.

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