Litoria peroni Click to enlarge image
Image: Josie Earle
© Josie Earle

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    peronii
    Genus
    Litoria
    Family
    Hylidae
    Order
    Anura
    Subclass
    Lissamphibia
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    5 cm

Description

A large species of frog reaching up to 7 cm in body length. It has a grey or light brown back, with or without darker mottling, and several to many tiny emerald-green spots. There is a thin black line along the skin fold from behind the eye to the top of the arm. The belly is cream coloured, and the male has a yellow throat. The pupil appears crossed-shaped and the iris is silver. The thighs are bright yellow, with black patches. Fingers are half webbed and toes are fully webbed, both with large discs.



Similar Species

Looks very similar to Litoria rothii and Litoria tyleri in its distribution, but Litoria rothii has no emerald-green spots on its back and has red in the upper half of the iris, while Litoria tyleri lacks a thin black line along the skin fold from behind the eye to the top of the arm.

Distribution

Found in southeast QLD, coastal and inland NSW, the ACT, southeast SA and most of VIC.



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Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid in small groups or singly, and attached to twigs or vegetation under the surface of the water in dams, ponds, creek pools, swamps, and even in abandoned swimming pools. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 8.5 cm and are gold in colour, with three dark longitudinal stripes. They often swim near the surface of water bodies and take around three to four months to develop into frogs. Breeds during spring to summer after rain.