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Metacrinia nichollsi

Forest Toadlet

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Least Concern

Calling Period

Possible
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Description

A small species of frog reaching up to 3 cm in body length. It has dark grey, black, brown, or dark brown back, sometimes with small dark patches. The belly is black, with large blue-white patches or mottling in the middle, and bright yellow or orange patches near the legs, arms, and on the undersurface of the legs. The pupil is horizontal and the iris is gold. Fingers and toes are unwebbed, both without discs.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid as a small cluster on land under rocks, leaf litter, or logs. The nest is guarded by the male. Tadpoles never swim in water, instead they develop entirely inside the egg, and hatch as little frogs after around two months. Breeds during late summer to autumn before winter rain.

Similar Species

Looks similar to Pseudophryne guentheri in its distribution, but has a different belly colour.

Images

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Adam Parsons

Photo: Adam Parsons

Calls

By: Dale Roberts

Distribution

Found in southwest WA.

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