Blue Mountains Tree Frog
Also: Varigated River Tree Frog
+ 50 kb Blue Mountains Tree Frog (Litoria citropa)
One of the "river" tree frogs, an inhabitant of rocky rivers and streams. A strong jumper and able swimmer despite the lack of webbing on its feet.
Distribution and habitat
Adults are usually found at or near rocky rivers and streams in wet or dry forest and woodlands. Often found sheltering under rocks along streamsides. The eggs are usually spawned in streamside pools and backwaters, and the tadpoles are strong-swimming, river or stream dwellers.
There is a detailed distribution map available for: Victoria.
Males call from streamside vegetation along rocky rivers or streams. The call is in two parts. A long whirring introductory note followed by several short harsh pulsed notes - "war-r-r-rk cruk-cruk cruk-cruk cruk-cruk cruk".
Copyright Murray Littlejohn. Recorded by Murray Littlejohn. Must not be reproduced without permission.
Approximately 900 pigmented eggs are spawned in jelly clumps in stream backwaters or pools. The tadpoles are brown with transparent fins flecked with brown. Adults are golden to rusty brown with green flashes on the sides.
Presented here is the information stored in the frogs.org.au database which is used to identify frogs based on their appearance. It is intended to be used in a key guide for separating species so some of the information (for example, back colours) may be rather non-specific. The system is currently being developed - if you notice errors in the data, please write to Dave Black at the address at the bottom of the page.
Important note: This information details only the appearance of the frog. If an "or" appears in the description, this may mean either that there is some variation within the species or that the feature might be observed differently by different people. For example, if a frog has very small toe pads, it may be listed as having "Toe pads: present or absent".
Up to between 60mm and 90mm
Eyes, hands, and feet
Toe pads: present
Webbing on feet: half-webbing
Colour: single colour
Pattern: plain or mixed / marbled
Colour: single colour or multi-coloured
Glands and tubercles
Parotoid gland: absent
Tibial gland: absent
Metatarsal tubercles: absent
Similar species (note: this version was written for Victorian species).
May be confused with Litoria spenceri from which it is distinguished by having a clearly visible tympanum (ear).
The scientific names of Litoria citropa
- Dendrohyas citropa (Tschudi 1838)
- Hyla citropa (Dumeril & Bibron 1841)
- Hyla jenolanensis (Copland 1957)
- Litoria citropa (Dumeril & Bibron 1841)