Animal Species:Great Barred Frog

This large frog lives in moist forests. It hides during the day, camouflaged beneath fallen leaves or burrowing into the loose soil.

Great Barred Frog, Mixophyes fasciolatus

GH Hoye © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Great Barred Frog

Identification

The Great Barred Frog has banded legs with webbed feet, making it an efficient swimmer.

Size range

11.5 cm

Distribution

The Great Barred Frog is found in coastal northern New South Wales and southern Queensland.

Habitat

The Great Barred Frog lives in forests and woodlands.

 

Feeding and Diet

At night the Great Barred Frog comes out to forage, taking a range of invertebrates including insects and worms and occasionally other frogs.

Other behaviours and adaptations

The Great Barred Frog lives in moist forests and is usually found near permanent running water. It hides during the day, camouflaged beneath fallen leaves or burrowing into the loose soil. If threatened it can take long leaps into nearby water, where it then dives and hides among debris on the creek bed.

Communication

The call of the Great Barred Frog is a deep guttural grunt.

Mating and reproduction

Male Great Barred Frogs can be heard calling females with a deep guttural grunt from their hiding places in the leaf litter. The mating pairs enter the water, and the females flick the fertilised eggs onto the stream bank where the first developmental stages are completed out of reach of aquatic predators. The tadpoles are then washed into the creek by the first heavy rains.

Conservation Status (NSW): Endangered species

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Classification

Species:
fasciolatus
Genus:
Mixophyes
Family:
Myobatrachidae
Order:
Anura
Subclass:
Lissamphibia
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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