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Uperoleia glandulosa

Glandular 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 cm in body length. It has a dark brown back, with black spots and patches. There is sometimes a pale yellow-brown longitudinal stripe along the middle of the head. The belly is white, and the male has a grey throat. The pupil is nearly round, and the iris is gold. The groin and the backs of the thighs are bright orange-red. Fingers are unwebbed and toes are about one-quarter webbed, both without discs. The parotoid glands and the glands near the groin can sometimes nearly join, creating a pale yellow-brown or orange stripe along the sides.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid singly on vegetation under the surface of the water in temporary ponds and floodplain areas. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to nearly 4 cm, and are gold in colour, with black patches. They often remain at the bottom of water bodies. It is unknown how long they take to develop into frogs. Breeds during summer in the wet season.

Similar Species

Looks very similar to Uperoleia saxatilis, Uperoleia talpa and Uperoleia micromeles in its distribution, but has a different call and back colour to Uperoleia saxatilis and Uperoleia talpa, and lacks red spots on its back as present in Uperoleia micromeles.

Images

Photo: Jordan Vos

Photo: Renee Catullo

Photo: Renee Catullo

Calls

By: Renee Catullo

Distribution

Found only in the north of the Pilbara region in WA.

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