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Litoria daviesae

Davies' Tree Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Vulnerable

Calling Period

Possible
Yes
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Description

A large species of frog, reaching up to 6.5 cm in body length. It has a light brown back, with darker brown mottling and sometimes lime-green patches. There is often a green patch on the side of the head, and females sometimes have a uniform green back. There is a dark brown stripe from the tip of the snout to the sides, where it widens to become mottling. There is a cream-coloured stripe along the upper lip. The belly is white. The pupil is horizontal and the iris is gold. The armpits, groin, and backs of the legs are yellow. Fingers are unwebbed and toes are two-thirds webbed, both with large discs.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid as a single cluster that is attached to rocks or vegetation in stream pools. Tadpoles can reach a total length of 4.5 cm, and are gold-brown in colour. They often remain among substrate in water bodies, and take three to four months to develop into frogs. Breeds during spring to early autumn.

Similar Species

Looks very similar to Litoria citropa and Litoria subglandulosa, near its distribution, but has a green tympanum compared to the brown tympanum present in Litoria citropa, while the easiest way to distinguish it from Litoria subglandulosa is by distribution.

Images

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Calls

By: Stephen Mahony

Distribution

Found only from Werrikimbe National Park north to Barrington Tops National Park, both in northern NSW. It is vulnerable due to a combination of its limited range, habitat loss, introduced fish predators, and the amphibian chytrid fungus.

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