Uperoleia tyleri Click to enlarge image
Tyler's Toadlet u000d 38.25 Image: Harry Ehmann
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    tyleri
    Genus
    Uperoleia
    Family
    Myobatrachidae
    Order
    Anura
    Subclass
    Lissamphibia
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    3.4 cm

Description

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.

Similar Species

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.

Distribution

Found in NSW along the coast from near Wollongong, south through to Eden.



Breeding Biology

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.


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