A medium-sized species of frog reaching up to 3.5 cm in body length. It has a dark brown or grey back, with darker brown patches. There is often a triangular patch on the head. The belly is dark brown and covered with tiny bluish-grey spots; the male has a nearly black throat. The pupil is diamond-shaped, and the iris is gold or gold-brown. The tops of the arms at the shoulders are pale yellow or cream-coloured, and the groin and the backs of the thighs are bright yellow. Fingers and toes are unwebbed, both with small discs. The parotoid glands often look like two brown or sand-coloured patches.
Eggs are laid singly and attached to vegetation under the surface of the water in permanent or temporary ponds and Melaleuca swamps. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 4 cm, and are dark brown in colour. They often remain at the bottom of water bodies, and take around three to five months to develop into frogs. Breeds during spring to summer.
Looks very similar to Uperoleia laevigata and Uperoleia martini in and near its distribution, but has a different belly colour to Uperoleia laevigata, and a different call to Uperoleia martini.
Photo: Jordan Mulder
By: Jodi Rowley
By: Mark Joyce
Found in NSW along the coast from near Wollongong, south through to Eden.