Marbled toadlet

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Marbled Toadlet
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Myobatrachidae
Genus: Uperoleia
Species: U. marmorata
Binomial name
Uperoleia marmorata
Gray, 1841
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The area in which the holotype was found of the Marbled Toadlet.

This species, Uperoleia marmorata or Marbled Toadlet, is only known by the holotype collected in the Kimberley region of Western Australia by Gray in 1841.

Physical description[edit]

Gray describe the frog as "…black and green marbled, leaving a triangular greenish spot on its forehead, beneath lead colour". This species is likely to have other features similar to other Uperoleia species such as: red-orange patches in the groin and behind the knees, tubercles and large parotoid glands as well as a granular belly. The frog is likely be to about 30mm in length.

This frog most likely resembles the Mjoberg's Toadlet (Uperoleia mjobergi), as they inhabit similar areas it is possible to speculate that the holotype of the Marbled Toadlet was mistake for a Mjoberg's Toadlet.

Ecology and behaviour[edit]

Due to lack of records on this species habitat and behavioural characteristics have been difficult to assess. The frog is likely to breed in permanent and semi-permanent still water bodies in the Kimberly region.

This species was once though to be widespread across eastern New South Wales, but due to the similarity of frogs within the Uperoleia genus it was most likely confused with Smooth Toadlet.


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