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Notaden bennettii

Crucifix Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Least Concern

Calling Period

Possible
Yes
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Description

A large species of frog reaching up to 6.5 cm in body length. It has a bright yellow or yellow-green back, with a distinct cross-shaped pattern of bright red and black spots. The belly is white, and the male has a brown throat. The pupil is horizontal or nearly round, and the iris is gold. Fingers are unwebbed and toes are one-quarter webbed, both without discs. Their skin can secrete a very sticky glue-like substance.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid as a cluster at the surface of the water in temporary ponds and flooded areas. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 5 cm, and are copper in colour. They often remain on the bottom of water bodies, and take around one and a half months to develop into frogs. Breeds during spring to autumn after heavy rain.

Similar Species

Does not look similar to any other species in its distribution.

Images

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Photo: Jodi Rowley

Calls

By: Greg Ford

Distribution

Found west of the ranges throughout inland NSW and in the southern half of QLD.

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