Eungella Day Frog

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Endangered

Description

The Eungella Day Frog is a small frog growing 25 to 28 mm (males) or 27.6 to 35.9 mm (females) in length, with a bluntly acuminate snout. The dorsal surface ranges from yellowish tan to dark brown, with irregular dark brown markings. A broad band crosses the head between the eyes, with two other bands anterior to this. A dark band runs from behind the eye to the base of the forearm, and there is an irregular X-shaped marking on the back. There are crossbands on the limbs and digits. The throat and abdomen are cream coloured, and the ventral surfaces of the limbs are cream with or without dark brown spots. The skin is shagreened with tubercles above, the postero-medial portion of the thighs is granular, and the ventral surface is smooth. The fingers and toes have expanded tips, and are broadly fringed but lack webbing. Males have greyish, finely spinulated, rounded nuptial pads resembling a blister on the back of the hand at the base of the second and third fingers. Males do not possess a vocal sac. The tympanum is hidden (Liem and Hosmer 1973).

Habitat

The Eungella Day Frog occurs along small creeks in rainforest as well as wet sclerophyll forest (Liem & Hosmer 1973). The immediate streamside habitat is dense rainforest with ferns, vines, palms and epiphytes in the understorey (Retallick et al. 1997). The species inhabits exposed steep, rocky sections of stream within splash zones of waterfalls and cascades (McNellie & Hero 1994; Retallick et al. 1997) and may be found under rocks and crevices or on emergent rocks in the stream (Liem & Hosmer 1973; Retallick et al. 1997).

References

Potential habitat of the Eungella Day Frog

Potential habitat of the Eungella Day Frog (Qld Government)

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