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Notaden weigeli

Kimberley Spadefoot

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Data Deficient

Calling Period

Possible
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Description

A large species of frog reaching up to 8 cm in body length. It has a light reddish-brown back, covered with small orange-red spots. The belly is grey, and the male has a brown throat. The pupil is nearly round, and the iris is orange. Fingers are unwebbed and toes are slightly webbed, both without discs. Their skin can secrete a very sticky glue-like substance.

Breeding Biology

Eggs have not been described, but are likely similar to those of other Notaden species and laid in temporarily flooded ditches and rock pools. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to nearly 4 cm, and are black or brown in colour. They often remain at the bottom of water bodies, and may take around one to one and a half months to develop into frogs. Breeds during the summer wet season after heavy rain.

Similar Species

Looks similar to Notaden melanoscaphus in its distribution, but has a different back colour.

Images

Photo: Alexander Dudley

Photo: Alexander Dudley

Photo: Ruchira Somaweera

Photo: Ruchira Somaweera

Calls

By: Paul Doughty

Distribution

Found only in the Kimberley region and two nearby islands in far northwestern WA.

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