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  Fleay's Barred Frog (Mixophyes fleayi)





Fleay's Barred Frog | Mixophyes fleayi photo
Fleay's Barred Frog, Border Ranges National Park, NSW Australia.

Image by Brad (froggydarb) - GNU Free Documentation License.    (view image details)



FLEAY'S BARRED FROG FACTS

Description
Fleay's Barred Frog is light brown with darker blotches. It has an irregular darker brown band from behind the eyes down the back. There is also a dark stripe on the head from in front of the nostril, through the eye to the tympanum. The arms and legs have seven or eight narrow dark bars. The sides have scattered dark spots and blotches. The top part of the iris is silvery to pale blue, the bottom part is brown. The underside is pale yellow or white. The frog is named after Australian naturalist David Fleay.

Size
up to 9cm

Habitat
Fleay's Barred Frog is found near flowing streams and creeks in rainforest, wet eucalypt forest and Antarctic Beech forest.

Breeding
The female lays eggs in a dug out nest in gravel and leaf litter in shallow flowing water. The tadpoles grow to 65mm long.

Range
Fleay's Barred Frog is restricted to small pockets of rainforest in northern New South Wales and south-eastern Queensland, Australia. fragmented distribution in wet forests from Conondale Range in Queensland in the north, to Yabbra Scrub in northern New South Wales to the south.

Conservation Status
The conservation status in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "endangered".

Classification
Class:Amphibia
Order:Anura
Family:Myobatrachidae
Genus:Mixophyes
Species:fleayi
Common Name:Fleay's Barred Frog

Relatives in same Genus
  Southern Barred Frog (M. balbus)
  Great Barred Frog (M. fasciolatus)
  Giant Barred Frog (M. iteratus)