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Litoria cooloolensis

Cooloola Sedge Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Endangered

Calling Period

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Description

A small species of frog reaching up to 3 cm in body length. It has a bright green or brown back, with many small brown spots. There is sometimes a dark brown stripe from the tip of the snout to the eye, and a white stripe from under the eye to the arm. The belly is cream-coloured. The pupil is horizontal and the iris is gold. The backs of the thighs are orange, with a purple-brown stripe. Fingers are slightly webbed and toes are half to fully webbed, both with large discs.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid as clusters and are attached under the surface of the water to reeds in permanent ponds, swamps, and lakes. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 5.5 cm, and are gold in colour with dark brown spots. They often swim near the shallow edges of water bodies. It is unknown how long they take to develop into frogs. Breeds during spring to autumn after rain.

Similar Species

Looks very similar to Litoria fallax and Litoria olongburensis in its distribution, but Litoria fallax lacks small brown spots and Litoria olongburensis has brown flecks on the throat.

Images

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Ryan Francis

Photo: Jasmine Vink

Photo: Jasmine Vink

Calls

By: Keith McDonald

By: Stephen Mahony

Distribution

Found only along the coast in southeast QLD, including Stradbroke and Fraser Islands.

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