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Litoria splendida

Magnificent Tree Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Least Concern

Calling Period

Possible
Yes
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Description

A large species of frog reaching up to 12 cm in body length. It has a bright green back, with white or yellow spots. The belly is white. The pupil is horizontal and the iris is gold. The armpits, groin and backs of the thighs are bright yellow or orange. Fingers are unwebbed and toes are nearly fully webbed, both with very large discs. There are big glands on the head and above the shoulders.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid as small floating clusters that sometimes sink to the bottom of rock pools. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 6.5 cm and are grey-brown in colour, with some white spots. They swim throughout all depths of water bodies, and may take around three to four months to develop into frogs. Breeds during summer in the wet season.

Similar Species

Looks similar to Litoria caerulea and Litoria cavernicola in its distribution, but has big glands on the head and above the shoulders.

Images

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Jordan Vos

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Calls

By: Paul Doughty

Distribution

Found in the Kimberley region of WA and in nearby western NT.

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