A medium-sized species of frog reaching up to 5.5 cm in body length. It has a cream-coloured or yellow-brown back with dark brown patches, and a thin, longitudinal stripe along the middle. There is also a horizontal stripe behind the eyes. There is often a dark brown stripe from the tip of the snout to the arm. The belly is white, and the male has a grey throat. The pupil is horizontal and the iris is gold. Fingers are unwebbed and toes are one third webbed, both without discs. It is currently uncertain if this species, Litoria brevipes, and Litoria maculosa are actually three separate species, so it is possible they may be merged or renamed in the future.
Eggs are laid as clusters or strings that sink in flooded ditches or temporary ponds. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to nearly 8 cm, and are gold-brown in colour. They often swim in large schools at all depths of water bodies, and take around one and a half months to develop into frogs. Breeds during summer.
Looks similar to the many Cyclorana species in its distribution. Looks most similar to Cyclorana brevipes, Cyclorana cultripes and Cyclorana maculosa, but has a different call, while Cyclorana maculosa also has a different back colour pattern and Cyclorana brevipes has a mostly different distribution.
Photo: Jordan Vos
Photo: Stephen Mahony
By: Paul Doughty
Found in the Kimberley Region of WA and the Top End of the NT.