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Litoria brevipalmata

Green-Thighed Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Endangered

Calling Period

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Description

A medium-sized species of frog reaching up to 5 cm in body length. It has a chocolate-brown, reddish-brown or yellowish-brown back. There is a black stripe from the tip of the snout to past the shoulder, and also a white stripe along the upper lip. The sides are sometimes yellow with black patches. The belly is white, and the male has a yellow throat. The pupil is horizontal, and the iris is gold in the upper half and dark brown in the lower half. The armpits and inner thighs are a distinct lime-green. Fingers are unwebbed and toes are slightly webbed, both with medium-sized discs.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid as a loose cluster on the surface of the water in flooded grassland ditches and temporary ponds. Tadpoles can reach a total length of 3 cm, and are dark brown or grey-black in colour. They often remain near the surface of water bodies, and take around two months to develop into frogs. Breeds during spring and summer after heavy rain.

Similar Species

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

Images

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Calls

By: Jodi Rowley

By: Narelle Power

By: Chris Sanderson

By: Grant Webster

Distribution

Found along the coast from southeast QLD, south to Ourimbah in NSW. It has declined due to urban development.

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