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Litoria olongburensis

Wallum Sedge Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Vulnerable

IUCN:

Vulnerable

Calling Period

Possible
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Description

A small species of frog reaching up to 3.5 cm in body length. It has a bright green or bronze back, with a dark brown stripe from the tip of the snout to the side. There is a white stripe from under the eye to the arm, which becomes spots as it reaches the side. The belly is white. The male has brown flecks on the throat, while the female often has a green throat. The pupil is horizontal and the iris is gold. The backs of the thighs are blue, orange, or purple. Fingers are slightly webbed and toes are about two-thirds webbed, both with small discs.

Breeding Biology

Eggs have not been described, but are likely to be similar to those of Litoria fallax and are attached under the surface of the water to reeds in permanent ponds, swamps, and lakes. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 4.5 cm and are dark brown in colour. If viewed from the side, the lower half of the body will be white or silver, clearly separated from the colour of the back. They often remain near the surface of water bodies, and take around 3 months to develop into frogs. Breeds during spring and summer after rain.

Similar Species

Looks very similar to Litoria cooloolensis and Litoria fallax in its distribution, but has brown flecks on the throat.

Images

Photo: Troy Bell

Photo: Jasmine Vink

Photo: Ryan Francis

Photo: Ryan Francis

Calls

By: H.B. Hines QPWS

By: H.B. Hines QPWS

Distribution

Found only along the coast from far northern NSW to southeast QLD, including nearby islands.

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