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Taudactylus pleione

Kroombit Tops Tinker Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Critically Endangered

IUCN:

Critically Endangered

Calling Period

Possible
Yes
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Description

A small species of frog reaching up to 3 cm in body length. It has a grey, bluish-grey or brown back, with a darker X-shaped marking and patches. There is a wide, dark brown stripe from the tip of the snout to the groin, and a dark horizontal marking between the eyes. The belly is white, 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 have not been described, but are likely laid as a small, loose cluster under rocks in stream pools as they are in other Taudactylus species. Tadpoles have also not been described, but are likely to be similar to other Taudactylus species in colour, habit, and development time. It is unknown how long they take to develop into frogs. Breeds during spring to summer.

Similar Species

Does not look like any other species in its distribution.

Images

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Calls

By: Dave Stewart

Distribution

Found only on Kroombit Tops near southeast QLD. May have severely declined due to the amphibian chytrid fungus.

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