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Litoria paraewingi

Victorian Tree 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 3.5 cm in body length. It has a cream- coloured or brown back, with a wide, brown, longitudinal stripe along the middle that starts between the eyes. There is a black or dark brown stripe from the tip of the snout to past the arm. There is also a white stripe from below the eye to the jaw. The belly is white, and the male has a grey throat. The pupil is horizontal, and the iris is gold. Fingers are unwebbed and toes are nearly fully webbed, both with small discs.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid as small clusters that are attached to vegetation under the surface of the water in permanent ponds, dams,and creek pools. Tadpoles can reach a total length of nearly 5.5 cm and are gold and light brown in colour. They often remain at the surface of water bodies, and take six to seven months to turn into frogs, although tadpoles in warmer areas may grow faster. Breeds during any time of the year.

Similar Species

Looks similar to Litoria ewingii and Litoria verreauxii in its distribution, but has a different call to both, and lacks the black spots in the groin present in Litoria verreauxii.

Images

Photo: Adam Parsons

Photo: Adam Parsons

Photo: Grant Webster

Photo: Grant Webster

Calls

By: Stephen Mahony

Distribution

Found in central and eastern VIC near the border with NSW.

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