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Litoria rothii

Roth's Tree Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Least Concern

Calling Period

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Description

A medium-sized species of frog reaching up to 6 cm in body length. It has a grey, brown, reddish-brown or yellow-brown back, often with pale brown mottling. There is often a thin black stripe from behind the eye to the arm. The belly is white, and the male has a white throat. The pupil is horizontal, and the iris is red in the upper half, and silver in the lower half. The armpits, groin, and back of the thighs are black, with bright yellow or orange patches. Fingers are one-third webbed and toes are nearly fully webbed, both with large discs.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid singly, or in small clusters under the surface of the water near the edges of permanent ponds or temporarily flooded areas. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to nearly 10 cm and are yellow or brown in colour, sometimes with bright red dots on the tail. They often remain at the surface of water bodies, and take around two months to develop into frogs. Breeds during spring and summer after rain.

Similar Species

Looks similar to Litoria peronii and Litoria tyleri in its distribution, but has red in the upper half of the iris.

Images

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Photo: Dane Trembath

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Calls

By: Dane Trembath

By: Dane Trembath

By: Paul Doughty

By: Ann Bell

Distribution

Found in northern WA and the Top End of the NT, east to the Cape York region and then south to near Brisbane, QLD.

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