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Litoria kroombitensis

Kroombit Tree Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Critically Endangered

IUCN:

Not Evaluated

Calling Period

Possible
Yes
Peak
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Description

A medium-sized species of frog reaching up to 4.5 cm in body length. It has a green or light brown back, or a combination of both, sometimes with several small black spots. There is a brown stripe from the tip of the snout to the arm. There is also a series of white patches along the upper lip. The belly is white. The pupil is horizontal, and the iris is gold. The armpits are orange, and the groin and backs of the thighs are red. Fingers are slightly webbed and the toes are nearly fully webbed, both with small discs.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid as clusters and attached to vegetation at the bottom of stream pools. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 3.5 cm, and are dark brown in colour. They often remain at the bottom of water bodies. It is unknown how long they take to develop into frogs. Breeds during spring to summer.

Similar Species

Looks very similar to Litoria barringtonensis Litoria nudidigita, Litoria kroombitensis, Litoria piperata, and Litoria pearsoniana. These species can most easily be distinguished by their different calls and distributions. Research currently underway at the Australian Museum may reveal more about how to distinguish these species.

Images

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Grant Webster

Calls

By: Dave Stewart

Distribution

Found only in Kroombit Tops in southeast QLD.

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