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  Giant Barred Frog (Mixophyes iteratus)





Giant Barred Frog | Mixophyes iteratus photo
Mixophyes iteratus from the Watagans National Park, NSW. Showing distinct gold in upper half of iris.

Image by Grant Webster - GNU Free Documentation License.    (view image details)



GIANT BARRED FROG FACTS

Description
The Giant Barred Frog the second largest frog in Australia. reaching a maximum It is dark brown with some darker spot. The underside is white. The iris is golden. It has a thin dark stripe from the snout, through the eye, and down past the tympanum. There is a dark triangle shape on the end of the snout around each nostril, with a paler triangle behind it stretching to the eye. The legs are barred with black. The thighs and side are pale yellow with darker spots.

Size
up to120mm.

Habitat
streams and creeks in wet eucalypt forest and rainforest

Breeding
The female kicks the eggs up onto an overhanging bank or rocks, where they remain until heavy rain washes them into the water. If no rain falls, the tadpoles fall into the water 8-10 days after laying. The tadpoles are very large, growing up to 84mm long.

Range
The Giant Barred Frog is found from south-east Queensland to just south of the Newcastle region in New South Wales

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:iteratus
Common Name:Giant Barred Frog

Relatives in same Genus
  Southern Barred Frog (M. balbus)
  Great Barred Frog (M. fasciolatus)
  Fleay's Barred Frog (M. fleayi)