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Litoria citropa

Blue Mountains Tree Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Least Concern

Calling Period

Possible
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Description

A large species of frog reaching up to 6.5 cm in body length. It has a light or dark brown back, sometimes with small darker spots and several small green patches. The sides are green. There is a dark brown stripe from the tip of the snout to past the arm, above which there is a narrow white stripe that becomes mottling on the sides. The belly is white. The pupil is horizontal and the iris is gold. The armpits, groin, and inner sides of the lower legs are bright red. Fingers are unwebbed and toes are half webbed, both with large discs.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid as a single layer that sinks to the bottom of stream pools. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 4.5 cm and are gold or gold-brown in colour. They often remain at the bottom of the water bodies, and take two to four months to develop into frogs. Breeds during late winter to early summer.

Similar Species

Looks very similar to Litoria daviesae and Litoria subglandulosa near its distribution, but these two species have a green tympanum instead of brown.

Images

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Calls

By: Jodi Rowley

Distribution

Found just south of Newcastle in NSW through to eastern VIC along the coast and ranges.

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