Lechriodus fletcheri Click to enlarge image
Fletcher's Frog 15.1 Image: Robert W G Jenkins
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    fletcheri
    Genus
    Lechriodus
    Family
    Myobatrachidae
    Order
    Anura
    Subclass
    Lissamphibia
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    5 cm

Introduction

This frog was given its alternate common name because of the male's rough sandpapery skin when in breeding condition.

Identification

Fletcher's Frog named after the Australian zoologist,

Habitat

The Fletcher's Frog lives in moist forests, usually close to pools and streams, but is rarely seen except in the summer breeding season.

Distribution

The Fletcher's Frog is found in eastern Queensland and New South Wales.



Communication

The purring call of courting male Fletcher's Frogs is quite distinctive, lasts about a second and sounds like 'gar-r-r-up'.

Breeding behaviours

The tadpoles of Fletcher's Frogs are cannibalistic, with the weaker, smaller ones becoming prey for their larger siblings.

Danger to humans

The Fletcher's Frog also produces a powerful skin toxin, so wash your hands after touching one