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Litoria inermis

Bumpy Rocket Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Least Concern

Calling Period

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Description

A medium-sized species of frog reaching up to 3.5 cm in body length. It has a grey or brown back, with darker patches. There is an indistinct black stripe from the tip of the snout to the eye. There is sometimes a white stripe along the upper lip, and often black and white vertical bars along the lower lip. The belly is white, and the male has a darker throat. The pupil is nearly round or horizontal, and the iris is gold. The backs of the thighs are yellow, with black markings. Fingers are unwebbed and toes are three-quarters webbed, both with small discs.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid as clusters that float on the edge of permanent ponds and temporary pools. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 4.5 cm and are gold in colour, sometimes with many black spots. They often remain at the bottom of water bodies, and take around three months to develop into frogs. Breeds during spring to autumn in the wet season.

Similar Species

Looks very similar to the many other rocket frog species in its distribution. Looks most similar to Litoria freycineti, Litoria latopalmata, Litoria pallida, and Litoria tornieri, but lacks a distinct dark stripe from the tip of the snout to the side, and has bumpier skin.

Images

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Calls

By: Keith McDonald

By: Jodi Rowley

By: Paul Doughty

By: Peter Hallin

Distribution

Found from the Kimberley region in WA, east through the Top End of NT, and most of QLD excluding the far southwest.

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