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Pseudophryne guentheri

Crawling Toadlet

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Least Concern

Calling Period

Possible
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Description

A small species of frog reaching up to 3.5 cm in body length. It has a brown or grey back, with darker patches or mottling and sometimes with small bright red spots. There is often a pale grey patch on the head and the middle of the back. The belly has marbling which is black and white, or grey. The pupil is horizontal, and the iris is gold. Fingers and toes are unwebbed, both without discs.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid as one small cluster on land in burrows with sandy soil. 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 brown or pale gold in colour, often with a distinct longitudinal stripe along the middle of the back and tail. They are released into water bodies after the nest is flooded by rain, and take around three months to develop into frogs once released. Breeds during autumn to winter.

Similar Species

Looks very similar to Pseudophryne occidentalis, but has metatarsal tubercles that are closer together and more equal in size.

Images

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Jordan Vos

Calls

By: Dale Roberts

By: Bruce Day

By: Bruce Day

Distribution

Found in southwest WA north to Shark Bay.

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