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Limnodynastes Peronii

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Striped Marsh Frog • Limnodynastes Peronii
The Striped Marsh Frog is a large (5-8 cm) ground frog. It has a medium to dark brown base colour, with dark brown to black stripes. They live in the damp earth around ponds and waterholes.

These frogs breed in still water. The females beat spawn jelly into a frothy mass, laying their eggs in that. The eggs hatch within a week the tadpoles dropping into the water. The tadpoles are black and can reach up to 6.5 cm in length, before they metamorphose. The tadpole stage has been reported to be up to 11 months*, although I have recorded the tadpoles in the ponds in my garden taking up to 18 months** to metamorphose.
 

Striped Marsh Frog (Limnodynastes Peronii) - Photos: Katrina © 2005The frogs have a call that sounds like a deep, short, “TOC......TOC......TOC.....”

Although Striped Marsh Frogs are plentiful, pollution could, in time, drastically reduce their numbers. So please, don't litter in the bush or use harmful pesticides. If you don't, you will quite likely see (or hear!) these pretty frogs.

* Limnodynastes peronii by Brooke Mainprize 1999
** Personal observation - Katrina Leel

Striped Marsh Frog • Images

Images from the Blue Mountains, NSW
Striped Marsh Frog (Limnodynastes Peronii) - Photos: Katrina © 2005   Striped Marsh Frog (Limnodynastes Peronii) - Photos: Katrina © 2005

Striped Marsh Frog Spawn (Limnodynastes Peronii) - Photos: Katrina © 2005   Striped Marsh Frog (Limnodynastes Peronii) - Photos: Katrina © 2005

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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Suborder: Neobatrachia
Family: Myobatrachidae
Genus: Limnodynastes
Species: Limnodynastes Peronii

Other links - Striped Marsh Frog (Limnodynastes Peronii)

The Frog and Tadpole Study Group of NSW Inc • Some info from the FATS Group on the Striped Marsh Frog.
Frogs of Sydney Harbour • Some info about the Ground Frogs, Family Mhobatrachidae.
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