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Taudactylus liemi

Liem's Tinker Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Near Threatened

Calling Period

Possible
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Description

A small species of frog reaching up to 3 cm in body length. It has a reddish-brown, brown or yellow-brown back, with a darker lyre-shaped marking and patches, and a dark horizontal marking between the eyes. There is sometimes a brown stripe from the tip of the snout to the arm. The sides of the body and head are sometimes grey-brown or light reddish-brown. The belly is white, sometimes with brown specks. 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.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid as a small, loose cluster and attached under rocks in creek pools. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 3 cm, and are dark brown in colour. They often hide under rocks. It is unknown how long they take to develop into frogs. Breeds during any time of the year.

Similar Species

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

Images

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Adam Parsons

Photo: Adam Parsons

Calls

By: Dave Stewart

Distribution

Found only in the Clarke Range near Eungella, in QLD; has declined due to the amphibian chytrid fungus. There is a captive breeding program currently in place to help prevent their extinction.

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