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Litoria tornieri

Black-shinned 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 3.5 cm in body length. It has a reddish-brown or brown back. There is a black stripe from the tip of the snout to the arm, and often several black spots or small patches along the side. There is often a white or pale brown stripe along the upper lip, and sometimes a series of vertical white bars along the lower lip. The belly is white, and the male has a yellow stripe on the upper lip and pale pink sides when calling. The pupil is horizontal and the iris is gold in the upper half, and dark brown in the lower half. The backs of the thighs are yellow, with black longitudinal markings. Fingers are unwebbed and toes are half webbed, both with small discs.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid as clusters that float near the surface of the water, then later sink, in temporary pools, ponds, swamps, and ditches. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 4.5 cm and are light gold in colour, with a bright red tail. They swim throughout all levels of water bodies, and take around one and a half months to develop into frogs. Breeds during spring to summer in the wet season.

Similar Species

Looks very similar to the many other rocket frog species in its distribution. Looks most similar to Litoria inermis and Litoria pallida in its distribution, but has smoother skin than Litoria inermis, and has a different back colour pattern to Litoria pallida.

Images

Photo: Ryan Francis

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Shane Black

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Calls

By: Dane Trembath

By: Jodi Rowley

By: Paul Doughty

Distribution

Found in the Kimberley region of WA and Arnhem Land in the NT.

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