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Litoria bella

Cape York Graceful Tree Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Not Evaluated

Calling Period

Possible
Yes
Peak
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Description

A medium-sized species of frog reaching up to 4 cm in body length. It has a bright green back. The belly is yellow-orange, and the side is yellow. The pupil is horizontal, and the iris is bright yellow, outlined with black. The backs of the thighs are bluish-purple, and the hands and feet are bright orange. The tops of the upper arm are bright orange. Fingers are three-quarters webbed and toes are fully webbed, both with large discs. This frog was recently described as a new species after originally being confused with Litoria gracilenta.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid as clusters near the surface of the water in temporary pools near streams. Tadpoles have not been described, but are likely to be similar to those of Litoria gracilenta in colour, habit, and development time. Breeds during the wet season after heavy rain.

Similar Species

Looks similar to Litoria gracilenta in its distribution, but has orange feet and hands instead of yellow.

Images

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Calls

By: Keith McDonald

By: Mark Adsett

Distribution

Found only in the Cape York region of QLD.

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