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Mixophyes carbinensis

Carbine Barred Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Least Concern

Calling Period

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Description

A large species of frog reaching up to nearly 8 cm in body length. It has a yellow-brown or copper-brown back, with several small dark brown patches and a dark brown longitudinal stripe along the middle, that starts as a Y-shape between the eyes. There is a black stripe from the nostril to past the eye, and a black triangular patch on the tip of the snout. The belly is white, and the male has a grey and orange throat. The pupil is vertical and the iris is dark brown. The legs and arms have dark horizontal bars, and the back of the thighs have small cream spots. Fingers are unwebbed and toes are nearly fully webbed, both without discs.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are kicked out of the water by the female and stick onto vertical banks and rock faces next to stream pools. The tadpoles then drop into the water after hatching. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 12.5 cm and are dark brown in colour. They often remain on the bottom of water bodies, and may take around 13 months to develop into frogs. Breeds during spring to summer.

Similar Species

Looks similar to Mixophyes coggeri and Mixophyes schevilli in its distribution, but Mixophyes coggeri has blotches on the back of the thighs instead of spots, while Mixophyes schevilli has fewer cream coloured spots on the back of the thighs.

Images

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Grant Webster

Photo: Shane Black

Calls

By: Dave Stewart

By: Justin McMahon

By: Justin McMahon

Distribution

Found only in the Carbine and Windsor Tablelands, in the Wet Tropics region of QLD.

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