tadpoles near Dorrigo n.p.

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tadpoles near Dorrigo n.p.

Postby siamang » Tue Jul 31, 2007 11:57 pm

Hi all! I found these tadpoles near Dorrigo n.p. in a small pool that was part of a slow flowing creek. The creek was surrounded by wet sclerophyll/rainforest. Sorry about bad quality photo but it may be of some use. Any ideas?
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Postby GrantW » Wed Aug 01, 2007 4:13 pm

The tadpoles are either Litoria pearsoniana/barringtonensis or Mixophyes balbus, based on the tail I'd say pearsoniana is more likely. Do you still have the tadpoles, as if they were raised until they were a bit older then you would be able to tell.

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Postby samehada » Wed Aug 01, 2007 5:47 pm

they could be tusked frogs their tadpoles are very dark and have that clear whitish tail.

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Postby GrantW » Wed Aug 01, 2007 5:52 pm

Adelotus tads have a gold tip on the nose as well, those ones don't have that.

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Postby siamang » Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:49 pm

Yeah i was thinking L.pearsoniana/barringtonensis but obviously wasn't 100% certain. The lack of spots on their tails rules out m.balbus.

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Postby Evan » Wed Aug 01, 2007 11:22 pm

Not neccessarily. Some M. balbus tadpoles don't have the spots, especially around Dorrigo.

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Postby GrantW » Thu Aug 02, 2007 7:24 am

It doesn't rule them out, check this out: http://frogs.org.au/community/viewtopic ... 0880d8c86d

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Postby siamang » Tue Aug 07, 2007 6:51 pm

Thanks for the responses guys! Another reason i don't believe they were m.balbus is because the tadpoles were in most ponds along the creek bed and i would estimate seeing about 100 individuals. So considering their conservation status, it seems unlikely to find that many, however, i was unable to keep them for long enough to watch them grow so i guess i could still be wrong. By the way, the name of the creek was the 'diehappy', if that helps?

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Postby GrantW » Tue Aug 07, 2007 6:54 pm

Just cause there was lots doesn't rule them out, they are still relatively common in dorrigo, so it would be likely to find large numbers of their tadpoles in creeks etc.


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