Striped Marshfrog

The Striped Marshfrog, Limnodynastes peronii A Limnodynastes egg mass. The Striped Marshfrog, Limnodynastes peronii

Limnodynastes peronii

Identification:

The Striped Marshfrog is light to grey-brown and marked with bold, dark longitudinal stripes.  There is a pale, dark-edged line running down the middle of the back.  A dark stripe is present on the side of the face and a conspicuous pale gland runs from below the eye to the forearm.  The belly is white.  This species grows to 73 mm.

Distribution:

This species is widespread in coastal eastern Australia and also occurs in Tasmania.

Habitat:

Found in open forests and usually associated with permanent water.  This species does well in disturbed habitats.

Habits:

Extremely common and frequently encountered in backyard fish ponds.

Breeding:

Breeds from late winter to early spring.  The eggs are laid in a foam nest on the surface of the water and are usually concealed beneath vegetation.

Call:

The call is a single `toc’ and is repeated at regular intervals.

Similar species:

This species is most similar to the Spotted Grass Frog, Limnodynastes tasmaniensis, and the Long-thumbed Frog, Limnodynastes fletcheri.  Both these species have blotches on their backs, not stripes.

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