A large species of frog reaching up to nearly 10.5 cm in body length. It has a copper-brown, yellow-brown or dark brown back, with several darker patches along the middle that do not usually form a continuous stripe. 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 yellow-white. The pupil is vertical and the iris is dark brown. The legs and arms have dark horizontal bars, and the backs of the thighs have large cream blotches. Fingers are unwebbed and toes are nearly fully webbed, both without discs.
Eggs are kicked out of the water by the female and stick onto muddy 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 9 cm and are gold and brown in colour. They often remain on the bottom of water bodies, and take around 13 months to develop into frogs. Breeds during spring to early autumn.
Looks similar to Mixophyes carbinensis and Mixophyes schevilli in its distribution, but has blotches instead of cream spots on the backs of the thighs.
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Found throughout the Wet Tropics region of QLD.