Litoria dentata Click to enlarge image
Bleating Tree Frog 2.17 Image: G A Hoye
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    dentata
    Genus
    Litoria
    Family
    Hylidae
    Order
    Anura
    Subclass
    Lissamphibia
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    4.5 cm

Description

A medium-sized species of frog reaching up to 4.5 cm in body length. It has a light brown or cream-coloured back, with a wide, brown longitudinal stripe along the middle. The belly is cream-coloured, and the male has a yellow throat. The pupil is horizontal, and the iris is red in the top half and brown in the lower half. Fingers are one-third webbed and toes are three-quarters webbed, both with large, sometimes yellow discs.

Similar Species

Looks similar to Litoria ewingii, Litoria jervisiensis, Litoria littlejohni, Litoria paraewingi, Litoria rubella, and Litoria verreauxii in its distribution. It can be distinguished from all of these species except Litoria rubella by a lack of bright colours in the armpits or back of the thighs, while Litoria rubella lacks the wide, brown longitudinal stripe along the middle of its back.

Distribution

Found in southeast QLD and NSW along the coast and ranges.



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Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid in temporary ponds and sink to the bottom of the water as a single layer. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 5.5 cm, and are grey-brown or gold-brown in colour. They usually rest near the surface of shallow sections of water bodies, and take around two months to develop into frogs. Breeds during spring to summer after heavy rain.