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Litoria freycineti

Wallum Rocket Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Vulnerable

Calling Period

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Description

A medium-sized species of frog reaching up to 4 cm in body length. It has a brown or grey back, with darker patches. There is a dark stripe from the tip of the snout to the arm, becoming patches at the sides. There is a series of small white patches along the lower lip. The belly is white. The pupil is horizontal, and the iris is gold. The backs of the thighs are brown, with large cream-coloured spots. Fingers are unwebbed and toes are half webbed, both with small discs.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid as a single layer on the bottom of stream pools, ponds, or temporary swamps and ditches. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 5.5 cm, and are grey or brown in colour. They often remain at the bottom of water bodies, and take at least two months to develop into frogs. Breeds during spring to summer after rain.

Similar Species

Looks very similar to the many other rocket frog species in its distribution. Looks most similar to Litoria inermis, Litoria latopalmata, and Litoria nasuta in its distribution, but has smoother skin than Litoria inermis, lacks the distinct brown longitudinal back stripes of Litoria nasuta, and has a different thigh colour to Litoria latopalmata.

Images

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Jordan Mulder

Photo: Jordan Mulder

Calls

By: Stephen Mahony

By: Jodi Rowley

Distribution

Found only along the coast from southeast QLD to southern NSW. It is vulnerable due to urban development.

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