Tasmanian tree frog

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Tasmanian tree frog
Litoria burrowsae.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Hylidae
Genus: Litoria
Species: L. burrowsae
Binomial name
Litoria burrowsae
Scott, 1942
Lit burrowsae distribution.PNG
Tasmanian Tree Frog range.

The Tasmanian tree frog, (Litoria burrowsae) is a species of tree frog that is found on the west coast of Tasmania, Australia. The name king tree frog is also used for the species.

Description[edit]

This is a moderate-sized tree frog, up to about 60 mm in length. It can be light green or dark brown on the dorsal surface. The brown form normally has some light brown patches and green flecks, while the green form often has light or dark brown patches. A thin stripe runs from the nostril down the side; this line often expands and becomes marbled along the flanks. The belly is pinkish-white and the thighs are light brown.[1]

Ecology and behaviour[edit]

This frog is associated with dams, ponds, and roadside ditches in rainforest, sedgeland, alpine country, and moorland in the west and south of Tasmania. It is often found at higher altitudes. The Tasmanian tree frog often mates after heavy rain, or in the spring or summer. Males make a goose-like call from vegetation around a water body or while floating in the water during spring and summer, often after rain. This is one of three species of frogs, along with the Tasmanian froglet and the moss froglet, endemic to Tasmania.

Diet[edit]

The Tasmanian tree frog eats various grasses and occasionally insects. Despite sightings being common, the species' diet is poorly documented; as a result, not much is known about it.[2]

Breeding[edit]

Breeding occurs mainly in spring and summer, but the species may breed opportunistically at any time of the year after heavy rain. From 70–120 eggs are laid in clusters attached to submerged vegetation. Tadpoles occur in stationary or slowly flowing water. The larval stage lasts for 7–8 months. [3]


References[edit]

  • Anstis, M. 2002. Tadpoles of South-eastern Australia. Reed New Holland: Sydney.
  • Robinson, M. 2002. A Field Guide to Frogs of Australia. Australian Museum/Reed New Holland: Sydney.
  • Jones,B.2009. A Case Study of Tasmanian Tree Frogs. Reed New Holland: Tokyo.
  • Robert,F. 2006. A Study of the Rare Tasmanian Tree Frog. Reed Old Holland. Perth.
  • Frogs Australia Network-frog call available here.