Small grey silver frog

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Small grey silver frog

Postby gtsteve » Thu May 03, 2007 12:12 pm

What might this little fellow be, at Helensberg, Sydney?
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Postby Evan » Thu May 03, 2007 12:26 pm

I'm thinking it is a juvenile Bleating Tree Frog (Litoria dentata), but it could be many species from that complex.

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Postby samehada » Thu May 03, 2007 12:31 pm

yeah most definitly, but the only other thing it could is a rubella i have grown both before together and its very hard to tell them apart but judging by the pattern on the back it looks more to be a dentata.

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Postby Evan » Thu May 03, 2007 12:38 pm

It wouldn't be L. rubella, you don't get them in Sydney. I was thinking more of L. jervisiensis.

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Postby gtsteve » Thu May 03, 2007 1:40 pm

Yes probably dentata, I have heard those noisy suckers from time to time around here, but I forgot what they looked like. They can be quite metalic looking. Just like Jervisiensis. I have never seen or heard of a L.rubella around here, but thanks Samehada.

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Postby Aaron » Thu May 03, 2007 3:15 pm

I would say its a dentata because of the general body shape and colour and also the white patch under the eye doesn't appear to be that distinct compared with L. jervisiensis. Also jervisiensis has fairly restricted distribution around Sydney. Did you get a chance to see what colours were present on the inner thigh?

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Postby Evan » Thu May 03, 2007 3:20 pm

Helensburgh is pretty close to Royal National Park, so I wouldn't completely rule jervisiensis out based on geography. I don't think he is, but it is still possible.

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Postby Aaron » Thu May 03, 2007 3:27 pm

Yeah it could be possible, I haven't heard or seen them around the Helensburgh area before and the records for L. jervisiensis in the Royal are at the northern end of the park. But you can't really rule out anything with frogs I suppose.

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Postby Brad M » Thu May 03, 2007 3:52 pm

Yeah it looks like dentata

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Postby GrantW » Thu May 03, 2007 4:20 pm

It isn't jervisiensis, it is a strange looking frog, but it does look closest to Litoria dentata. Also denata are all over that area, there are thousands of them at Darkes Forest (10mins away), Lit. jervisiensis is also present there but I have seen many juvenile jervisiensis and they look quiet different to that.


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