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Neobatrachus kunapalari

Wheatbelt Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Least Concern

Calling Period

Possible
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Description

A large species of frog reaching up to 6 cm in body length. It has a yellow-brown, brown or grey-pink back, with dark brown or black patches. The belly is white. The pupil is vertical, and the iris is silver. Fingers are unwebbed and toes are nearly fully webbed. There is also a black edged metatarsal tubercle on the bottom of each foot: this is a shovel-shaped lump used for burrowing.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid as a cluster that sinks to the bottom of the water in flooded claypans and dams in clay soil areas. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to nearly 9 cm, and are gold-grey in colour. They swim at all depths of water bodies, and take around five months to develop into frogs. Breeds during summer to autumn after heavy rain.

Similar Species

Looks similar to Neobatrachus albipes, Neobatrachus pelobatoides, Neobatrachus sutor, and Neobatrachus wilsmorei in its distribution, but has a different back colour or pattern to all of these species, and is larger than Neobatrachus sutor.

Images

Photo: Adam Parsons

Photo: Adam Parsons

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Ben Parkhurst

Calls

By: Dale Roberts

By: Paulina Wittwer

Distribution

Found inland in southwest WA.

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