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Litoria cavernicola

Cave Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Data Deficient

Calling Period

Possible
Yes
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Description

A medium-sized species of frog reaching up to nearly 6 cm in body length. It has a green or green-brown back, sometimes changing to brown. 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 loosely over the bottom of rock pools. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 6 cm, and are light gold-brown in colour. They often remain at the bottom of water bodies, and and take around one month to develop into frogs Breeds during summer in the wet season.

Similar Species

Looks similar to Litoria caerulea and Litoria splendida in its distribution, but Litoria caerulea has a skin fold on the side of the head, and Litoria splendida has big glands over the entire head and above the shoulders.

Images

Photo: Ruchira Somaweera

Photo: Ruchira Somaweera

Calls

By: Paul Doughty

Distribution

Found only in the Kimberley region in WA.

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