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Amphibians

Amphibian images and descriptions as found at Sportsman Creek Conservation Area

Breeding in the ponds after recent rains are the Northern Pobblebonk or Northern Banjo Frog. Limnodynastes means “Lord of the Marshes.” This species is readily distinguished from all other species in S/E Australia by its scarlet groin markings.

Reference: Robinson, Martyn. A Field Guide to Frogs of Australia. 

 

Small and loud tree frog that has a high pitched bleating call which is almost painful to the ears. Their fingers are one-third webbed with large toe discs.

Reference courtesy Field Guide to Frogs Australia. Martyn Robinson.

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Flooding rains have brought out this Giant Barred Frog in the riparian zone on Sportsman Creek. Measuring around 230mm in overall length it surely must be one of the largest Australian species of frog. There are five known species in this genus known at present, all restricted to eastern Australia. Usually found in wet sclerophyll forest and rainforest. “Classified as an Endangered species the females lay eggs onto moist creek banks or rocks above water level from where the tadpoles drop into the water where they hatch. Tadpoles grow to a length of 80mm and take up to fourteen months before changing into frogs. They feed primarily on large insects and spiders.”

Hi Jeff, enjoyed looking through your site with great wildlife photos. Will talk about your frog on Wildlife Wednesday ABC Radio @ 6.25 tomorrow 13/05/2015: It appears to be one of our very largest frogs, the Giant Barred Frog (Mixophyes iteratus) distinguished by the eye colours & body patterns, an endangered species rarely observed so well done Jeff for finding it & taking its photo. What was the location? I will send this photo on to the frog specialists because it may be an important find if my identification is correct. Only a very few communities are known. I.D. confirmed by Gary Opit.

 

Great Barred Frog

Reference: Robinson M. Field Guide to Australian Frogs of Australia.

I.D. courtesy of  Yvette Simpson Interpretive Officer Australian Museum.

 

“Of five known species in this genus at present, all of them restricted to Eastern Australia. This species is usually found in wet forested situations like Antarctic Beech forest, wet sclerophyll forest and rainforest.” Recent floods have expanded the  breeding territory for this large frog and was discovered in a dam under Open Eucalypt woodland on the Conservation Area. 

M. fasciolatus has a deep, harsh “wark” call and can grow to 90 mm. The tadpole in the image measured 110 mm.

Reference and I.D. courtesy of Martyn Robinson. Naturalist. Australian Museum. 

Link  http://frogs.org.au/frogs/species/Mixophyes/fasciolatus

Mixophyes fasciolatus tadpole

 

” These frogs are a variable species and can appear as either light brown or dark brown between night and day. They can be found well away from water, ranging through all types of forest and open country. This frog reaches 40mm.”

I.D. and reference courtesy of Martyn Robinson. Naturalist- Search and Discover. 

Broad-palmed Rocket Frog

“Many of the Pseudophryne toadlets are disappearing over much of their range although this species is not listed as threatened or endangered.” With a length between 30mm -60mm, no webbing and striking marbled belly. This toadlet is alive and pretending to be dead.

I.D courtesy of  Martyn Robinson  Naturalist. Australian Museum.


“Although widespread and found in a variety of habitats, particularly around temporary swamps this frog is not common. Also known as the Freycinet Frog they reach 45mm and are similar to Litoria nasuta, from which it can be distinguished by the thigh pattern of brown and cream spots.” A new species for the Conservation Area and named after L. Freycinet, the French Navigator. They are capable of very long leaps.

 

I.D. and Reference courtesy of Martyn Robinson. Naturalist. Australian Museum.

Named after F. Peron, the French Zooologist and one of the most common frogs found along the eastern seaboard. Growing to 65mm with a loud single call – “tok”.

Reference;  Robinson, M. A Field Guide to Frogs of Australia.

Although previously described, these images show how variable frog colouration can be ranging from dark brown to paler grey with dark blotches. Note the butterfly shaped patch on the back of the head.

I.D. Courtesy of Martyn Robinson. Naturalist, Australian Museum. 

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