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Litoria latopalmata

Broad-palmed Rocket Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Least Concern

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 brown or grey back, with or without darker flecks or patches. There is a dark brown or black stripe from the tip of the snout that widens along the side. There is also a series of small white patches along the upper and lower lip. The belly is white. The pupil is horizontal, and the iris is gold in the upper half and brown in the lower half. The backs of the thighs and the groin are yellow, with brown or black mottling. Fingers are unwebbed and toes are nearly fully webbed, both with small discs.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid as small clusters that sink to the bottom of ponds and dams. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 5 cm and are gold in colour, sometimes with small darker patches. They often remain in warm shallow parts of water bodies, and take around two months to develop into frogs. Breeds during spring to autumn.

Similar Species

Looks very similar to the many other rocket frog species in its distribution. Looks most similar to Litoria freycineti and Litoria inermis, but has smoother skin than Litoria inermis, while Litoria freycineti lacks yellow on the backs of the thighs and groin. Also looks similar to Litoria jungguy, Litoria lesueuri and Litoria wilcoxii in its distribution, but has a pointier snout, more elongated body shape and generally different colours.

Images

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Photo: Ben Revell

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Calls

By: Jodi Rowley

By: Jodi Rowley

By: Jodi Rowley

By: Tera Wilks

Distribution

Found throughout NSW, the ACT, just over the border in northeastern SA, and most of QLD except the far west.

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