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Great barred frog
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Conservation status
Scientific classification
Genus:
Mixophyes
Species:
fasciolatus
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Range of the great barred frog

The great barred frog (Mixophyes fasciolatus) is an Australian ground-dwelling frog of the genus Mixophyes.

Description

Mixophyes fasciolatus

The great barred frog reaches a size of 8 centimeters and has large, powerful legs. It has a dark brown dorsal surface and a white ventral surface. The thighs are yellow blotched with black and it has parallel black bars along the legs. A dark line begins at the snout, passes through the eye and over the tympanum, and bends down behind the tympanum. Its feet are fully webbed and hands completely un-webbed. Its eyes are on top of the head and the tympanum is visible.

Ecology and behaviour

The great barred frog is a ground-dwelling frog which inhabits rainforests, Antarctic beech forests, or wet sclerophyll forests. This frog breeds in both streams and ponds, and it calls from the surrounding land. All the other frogs of the genus Mixophyes breed only in streams. The mating call is a very loud "wark-wark-wark" which is occasionally followed by a softer, slow trill "bwaaark-bwaaark".

The male and female great barred frog will enter the water for amplexus. After laying the eggs, the female will flick them onto the bank for development. The eggs will then be washed into the stream or pond after the first rain and hatch into tadpoles.

The great barred frog is almost always found near running water. Its powerful legs, and webbed feet allow it to escape predation by hopping large distances into water and quickly swimming away.

As a pet

In Australia this animal can be kept in captivity with the appropriate permit.

Database entry includes a range map and justification for why this species is of least concern.
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