A small species of frog reaching up to 3 cm in body length. It has a brown-grey or brown back with darker brown mottling, and orange patches on the head and lower back. The belly is pale brown, with white or pale blue mottling. The pupil is horizontal, and the iris is gold or copper-coloured. The tops of the arms at the shoulder and the backs of the legs sometimes have orange patches. Fingers and toes are unwebbed, both without discs.
Eggs are laid as one small cluster on sheltered wet rock surfaces or in shallow water under rocks. The nest is guarded by the male, as it is with other Pseudophryne species. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 3 cm, and are dark brown in colour. They often remain on the bottom of water bodies, and take four to five months to develop into frogs. Breeds during late autumn to winter.
Looks similar to Uperoleia saxatilis in its distribution, but lacks large parotid glands on the shoulders, and has orange patches on the head and lower back.
Photo: Jordan Vos
By: Elaine Bayes
Found in the Pilbara region of WA.