Frogs for identifcation in Nowra

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Frogs for identifcation in Nowra

Postby TomHickman » Sun May 03, 2015 8:35 pm

Hi all,

A few weeks back I went down to Nowra and came across a few different species of frog.

I can't seem to figure out what they are conclusively, even after looking through Harold Cogger's book and searching online.

Any help would be great.

Thanks,

Tom.
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I thought possibly a Blue Mountains Tree Frog, or Leaf Green Tree Frog.
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I think it is possibly a Jervis Bay Tree Frog, or maybe a Littlejohn's Tree Frog.

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Postby Aaron » Mon May 04, 2015 9:28 pm

Great shots and finds Tom,

I think the first frog is a Whistling Tree Frog (Litoria verreauxi verreauxi), the second looks like it could be another Whistling Tree Frog but the yellow thigh and groin is interesting. The last frog is a Green and Golden Bell Frog (Litoria aurea).

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Postby TomHickman » Tue May 05, 2015 3:17 pm

Thanks Aaron,

That's very helpful. I found a recording of the Whistling Tree Frog call and it definitely matches up to what I heard.

I'm surprised, but excited to hear that it is a Green and Golden Bell Frog. I definitely didn't hear it calling at all over the two nights. Although it may have been the wrong time of year?

Unfortunately the only way I could get photos was to carefully put them into containers. Not ideal I guess, and something I would have avoided having known it was a Green and Golden.

Is it normal to get a specimen that has virtually no golden coloration?

Thanks for your help,

Tom.

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Postby Aaron » Wed May 06, 2015 9:48 am

Hi Tom,

The Green and Golden Bell Frog is primarily a Spring/Summer breeder so it would be uncommon to get them calling this time of the year. It's definitely a good find and in recent years their numbers in the Shoalhaven seem to have improved dramatically so the future of this species on the South Coast at least looks promising. They are variable frogs in their markings and coloration and it is not usual to get primarily green individuals.

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