Striped Marshfrog

Limnodynastes peronii

Identification: The Striped Marshfrog is light brown 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 of which have blotches on their backs, not stripes.

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