A large species of frog reaching up to 9 cm in body length. It has a yellow-brown, copper-brown or dark brown back, with several darker patches along the middle that often 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 sides are pale yellow or cream coloured, with small dark brown spots. The belly is 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 are brown with several pale yellow or cream spots. 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 and creeks. The tadpoles then drop into the water after hatching. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 10.5 cm, and are dark brown or black in colour. They often remain on the bottom of water bodies and take at least 12 months to develop into frogs. Breeds during spring to summer after rain.
Looks similar to Mixophyes carbinensis and Mixophyes coggeri in its distribution, but Mixophyes coggeri has blotches instead of cream coloured spots on the back of the thighs, while Mixophyes carbinensis has smaller and more numerous spots
Photo: Jodi Rowley
Found throughout the Wet Tropics region of QLD.