A small species of frog reaching up to nearly 3 cm in body length. It has a brown back with dark brown patches, or a light grey-white back without patches. There is a small white stripe under the eye. The belly is white, and the male has black specks on the throat. The pupil is horizontal, and the iris is gold and red. Fingers are unwebbed and toes are half-webbed, both with large discs. The snout is long and very pointed—a rare feature in Australian frogs.
Eggs are laid as a small cluster that is attached to vegetation, rocks, or branches above stream pools, so that tadpoles drop into the water once they hatch from the egg. The tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 3.5 cm, and are brown-gold in colour. They often remain at the bottom of water bodies. It is unknown how long they take to develop into frogs. Breeds during spring.
Looks similar to Litoria microbelos in its distribution, but can be distinguished by its long and very pointed snout.
Photo: Marion Anstis
By: Keith McDonald
Found only in the northern Cape York region of QLD.