Differant tads from Darkes Forest

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Differant tads from Darkes Forest

Postby gtsteve » Thu Mar 08, 2007 8:46 pm

While bushwalking recently, I scooped up 3 differant tads for photographic reasons only, and wondered what they might be. One has an obvious problem/deformity (water swollen rear legs) is this common?
And the triangular one was unusual. And a speckled changling.
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Postby GrantW » Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:29 pm

Wow, 2 of those tads are really stuffed. Was this in Maddens creek? Most common frogs there are Lit. citropa, lesueurii, and phyllochroa. Was there a couple weeks back and the dentata were going mad after all the rain. I'd say the normally looking tad is lesueurii, the other ones could be anything.

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Postby GrantW » Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:40 pm

The one with bloated legs I think is Litoria freycineti and the one with the fat body I think is Litoria phyllochroa, I have seen similarly bloated L. phyllochroa tads up at the watagans, so its possibly some genetic defect affecting the species.

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Postby gtsteve » Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:41 pm

Yes it was maddens, and it was a couple of weeks back and yes some frogs were going off their heads after the rain. I didn't know what they were. I did see a lot of big black Helio's too.

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Postby Brad M » Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:43 pm

Top one looks like L. freycineti, bottom one like L. lesueuri and the middle one is probably L. phyllochroa.

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Postby GrantW » Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:45 pm

Heleio tads in Maddens????? I think that's unlikely, they were probably dumerilii.

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Postby gtsteve » Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:52 pm

You are probably right, I was just guessing because they are the only ones that I knew that were that big and jet black. Steve

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Postby GrantW » Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:54 pm

Yeah, heleio tads do look similar to dumerilii, just maddens creek ain't quite right for heleios and i've been there enough times and not seen them there, but there are a couple places in Darkes forets you can get Helieos. What frogs did you see when you were there? Were you there at night?

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Postby gtsteve » Thu Mar 08, 2007 10:04 pm

It was in the day,overcast, I saw only one big L.Peronii frog in the round metal walkway posts in the ground, that was nearly full of water. No other frogs, just the citropa tads very light colour and small light spots, and peronii with the shiny spot on their nose and very fast, and the big black ones, and a few various other small dark speckled ones. this was just above the waterfall and in the last big part of maddens before it disapears over the drop.

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Postby climbin-chik » Tue Jul 03, 2007 2:41 pm

that middle photo of the funny shapped tadpole . . . i was walking between waterfall and heatcote yesterday and stopped at a small creek and i saw hundreds of them, there were heaps. but i didn't have a clue what they where

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Postby Evan » Tue Jul 03, 2007 2:45 pm

So they had the same bloated look to them? Were they all at the same stage of development (legs showing?).

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Postby climbin-chik » Tue Jul 03, 2007 2:47 pm

only a few had legs, but there also seemed to b another species in there as well . . . they were almost jet black and very long...but yes the ones in the same species all looked the same as that

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Postby GTR-90D » Tue Jul 03, 2007 11:08 pm

The third pic looks like a T Rex hehehe

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Postby gtsteve » Wed Jul 04, 2007 4:42 pm

Yep that was one mean, cranky looking taddy. :D

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Postby GrantW » Fri Jul 06, 2007 11:14 pm

It's unlikely they were exactly the same as those pics, as from the description I'm guessing they are probably giant burrowing frogs, did you happen to get a photo?


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