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Platyplectrum spenceri

Spencer's Burrowing Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Least Concern

Calling Period

Possible
Yes
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Description

A medium-sized species of frog reaching up to nearly 5 cm in body length. It has a grey, brown or reddish-brown back, with darker brown patches. There is often a brown stripe from the tip of the snout to the side, and brown vertical bars along the upper lip. The belly is white. The pupil is nearly round, and the iris is gold. The legs have brown horizontal bars. Fingers are unwebbed and toes are fully webbed, both without discs.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid as a foamy mass on the surface of temporary pools, ditches, and waterholes. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to nearly 6 cm, and are brown, gold-brown, or grey-brown in colour. They often remain on the bottom of water bodies, and may take around one month to develop into frogs. Breeds during spring to summer after heavy rain.

Similar Species

Looks similar to Platyplectrum ornatum and the many Neobatrachus species in its distribution, but has a different call and more toe webbing than Platyplectrum ornatum, and lacks dark metatarsal tubercles as present in the Neobatrachus species.

Images

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Jordan Vos

Photo: Michael J Barritt

Photo: Michael J Barritt

Calls

By: Gayle McGuirk

By: Cemone Hedges

By: Gayle McGuirk

Distribution

Found in central NT, central WA, northern SA, and southwest QLD.

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