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Taudactylus eungellensis

Eungella Day Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Endangered

IUCN:

Critically Endangered

Calling Period

Possible
Yes
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Description

A medium-sized species of frog reaching up to 3.5 cm in body length. It has a light brown, dark brown or green-brown back, with a darker X-shaped marking and patches. There is sometimes a brown stripe from the tip of the snout to the arm. There is also a dark horizontal marking between the eyes. The belly is white or yellow. The pupil is horizontal, and the iris is gold. The legs and arms have brown horizontal bars. Fingers and toes are unwebbed, both with small discs. This species sometimes communicates by hand-waving, which may be due to living near fast flowing streams where the sound of water blocks out any calling noise.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid as a small cluster and attached under rocks in creeks or creek pools. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 4.5 cm and are gold-brown in colour, with a darker V-shape behind the eyes. They often hide under rocks. It is unknown how long they take to develop into frogs. Breeds during spring to autumn.

Similar Species

Looks similar to Crinia deserticola and Taudactylus liemi in its distribution, but Crinia deserticola lacks finger and toe discs, while Taudactylus liemihas a different back pattern.

Images

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Cameron de Jong

Photo: Cameron de Jong

Calls

Distribution

Formerly common in its distribution in the Eungella area of QLD, but declined severely in 1985 due to the amphibian chytrid fungus, and is now only known from several populations in the Clarke Range near Eungella, in QLD.

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