Barred frogs

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Barred Frogs
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Great Barred Frog (Mixophyes fasciolatus)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Myobatrachidae
Subfamily: Limnodynastinae
Genus: Mixophyes
Günther, 1864

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The barred frogs are a group of frogs in the genus Mixophyes. They are the largest of the Australian ground frogs, from the Myobatrachidae family.

The barred frogs are native to the eastern coast of Australia, with one species inhabiting New Guinea. They are restricted to rainforests and wet sclerophyll forests. They often habit under moist leaf litter, where they hunt small invertebrates. The males will also call from leaf litter close to a water source. It is suspected that the barred frog tadpoles eat carrion, if available, after both Great Barred Frog (Mixophyes fasciolatus) and Fleay's Barred Frog (Mixophyes fleayi) tadpoles have both been observed eating carrion.[1]

The genus consists of large frogs, the Giant Barred Frog is the second largest frog in Australia. All species have visible tympanums, maxillary and vomerine teeth, powerful legs, and webbed feet.


Common name Binomial name
Stuttering Frog Mixophyes balbus (Straughan, 1968)
Mixophyes carbinensis Mahony, Donnellan, Richards et al., 2006
Mixophyes coggeri Mahony, Donnellan, Richards et al., 2006
Great Barred Frog Mixophyes fasciolatus (Günther, 1864)
Fleay's Barred Frog Mixophyes fleayi (Corben and Ingram, 1987)
Namosado Barred Frog Mixophyes hihihorlo (Donnellan, Mahony, and Davies, 1990)
Giant Barred Frog Mixophyes iteratus (Straughan, 1968)
Northern Barred Frog Mixophyes schevilli (Loveridge, 1933)


  1. ^ Meyer, Edward A.; Hines, Harry B. (2004). "Observations of barred frog (Mixophyes spp.) tadpoles feeding on carrion in the wild". Herpetofauna. 34 (2): 90–91. 
  • Barker, J.; Grigg, G.C.; Tyler, M.J. (1995). A Field Guide to Australian Frogs. Surrey Beatty & Sons. ISBN 0-949324-61-2.