Great-barred Frog (Mixophyes fasciolatus) Click to enlarge image
Mixophyes fasciolatus Image: Mark Semeniuk
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    fasciolatus
    Genus
    Mixophyes
    Family
    Myobatrachidae
    Order
    Anura
    Subclass
    Lissamphibia
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    11.5 cm

Introduction

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

Identification

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

Habitat

The Great Barred Frog lives in forests and woodlands.

Distribution

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



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.

Breeding behaviours

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.