Myobatrachus gouldii

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Myobatrachus gouldii
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Myobatrachus gouldii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Myobatrachidae
Genus: Myobatrachus
Schlegel in J. E. Gray, 1841 or 1850
Species: M. gouldii
Binomial name
Myobatrachus gouldii
(Gray, 1841)

Myobatrachus gouldii, the tortoise frog, is a Western Australian frog and the only species in the genus Myobatrachus. It has a small head, short limbs, and a round body, up to 45 millimetres (1.8 in) long.[2]

The turtle frog is found in between Geraldton and Fitzgerald River in the Perth region, Western Australia.[3] This area is mainly semi-arid, so the frogs have adapted to suit this region. They have developed short muscular limbs to help them dig into the sand but, unlike most frogs, they dig forward, like a turtle. They feed on termites so the adaptation of the muscular limbs is useful when trying to penetrate a termite mound.


  1. ^ "Myobatrachus gouldii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. 2004.
  2. ^ "Australian Frog Database: Myobatrachus gouldii". Frogs Australia Network. 2005-02-23.
  3. ^ "FrogWatch :: Turtle Frog". Retrieved 2017-07-25.

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