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Litoria xanthomera

Orange-thighed Tree Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Least Concern

Calling Period

Possible
Yes
Peak
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Description

A large species of frog reaching up to 8.5 cm in body length. It has a lime-green or olive-green back, and bright yellow on the sides. The belly is yellow or cream. The pupil is horizontal and the iris is orange. The hands and feet are bright yellow and the backs of the thighs are orange. Fingers are three-quarters webbed and toes are nearly fully webbed, both with large discs.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid as clusters that attach to vegetation under the surface of the water in ponds and flooded ditches. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 4.5 cm and are black in colour. They often remain on the bottom of water bodies, and take around two months to develop into frogs. Breeds during spring to summer.

Similar Species

Looks similar to Litoria gracilenta in its distribution, but is larger and lacks a pale green or yellow stripe from the nostril over the eye.

Images

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Calls

By: Keith McDonald

By: Sharelle Rogers

Distribution

Found throughout the Wet Tropics of QLD.

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