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Pseudophryne semimarmorata

Southern 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 dark brown, dark grey or dark olive-green back, with many distinct black spots that give the back a bumpy appearance. The belly is orange-yellow, with patches of black and white marbling. 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 under moist leaf litter, logs and rocks, and in muddy holes in the ground. The nest is guarded by the male, as it is with other Pseudophryne species. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 3.5 cm and are dark grey in colour, sometimes with copper patches. They are released into water bodies after the nest is flooded by rain, and take six to eight months to develop into frogs once released. Breeds during autumn.

Similar Species

Looks similar Geocrinia laevis, Geocrinia victoriana,Pseudophryne bibronii, and Pseudophryne dendyi in its distribution, but has a different belly colour.

Images

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Adam Parsons

Photo: Adam Parsons

Photo: Akash Samuel

Calls

By: Christina Renowden

By: Murray Littlejohn

Distribution

Found in the southern half of VIC, eastern half of TAS, and far southeast SA.

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