A medium-sized species of frog reaching up to 4.5 cm in body length. It has a light brown or orange-brown back. There is a dark brown stripe from the tip of the snout to behind the eye, and sometimes a pale coloured or white patch covering the snout and eyelids or a dark horizontal stripe between the eyes. The belly is clear white, with brown mottling. The pupil is horizontal and the iris is gold. The groin and back of the thighs are bright orange-red. Fingers and toes are unwebbed, with finger discs larger than toe discs.
Eggs and development are unknown, but are likely to be similar to that of other Cophixalus species. Possibly breeds during spring to summer.
Looks similar to Cophixalus peninsularis in its distribution, but is larger, lacks mottling on its back, and has a different call.
Photo: Marion Anstis
Found only in Cape Melville, in the Cape York Region of QLD.