Lechriodus fletcheri Click to enlarge image
Fletcher's Frog 15.1 Image: Robert W G Jenkins
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    fletcheri
    Genus
    Lechriodus
    Family
    Myobatrachidae
    Order
    Anura
    Subclass
    Lissamphibia
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    5 cm

Description

A medium-sized species of frog reaching up to 5.5 cm in body length. It has a dark brown, reddish-brown or dull yellow back, with a black stripe from the nostril to the shoulder. The belly is white. The pupil is horizontal and the iris is gold. The legs have distinct dark horizontal bars. Fingers are unwebbed and toes are slightly webbed, both without discs.

Similar Species

Looks similar to Mixophyes balbus, Mixophyes fasciolatus, Mixophyes fleayi, and Mixophyes iteratus in its distribution, but is generally smaller and has a horizontal pupil instead of the vertical pupil present in all Mixophyes species.

Distribution

The Fletcher's Frog is found in eastern Queensland and New South Wales.



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Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid as a foamy mass on the surface of small temporary ponds or still pools in creeks. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 4 cm and are clear or dark brown in colour. They are highly cannibalistic, and take 20-30 days to develop into frogs. Breeds during spring and summer after rain.