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Olive water-holding frog
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Genus:
Ranoidea
Species:
maini
Litoria maini map-fr.svg
This frog lives in places where it is hard to live.
Synonyms
  • Cyclorana maini (Tyler and Martin, 1977)
  • Litoria (Cyclorana) maini (Frost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006)
  • Dryopsophus maini (Duellman, Marion, and Hedges, 2016)
  • (Dubois and Frétey, 2016)

Main's water-holding frog, Main's frog, the sheep frog or western collared frog (Ranoidea maini) is a frog from Australia. It lives in the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia.

This frog can live on flood plains, claypans, grassland and wetlands that dry up. It lays eggs whenever there is enough water, and the tadpoles grow into frogs quickly.

This frog is 5.0 cm long with a round body. The skin on its back is gray or brown with darker marks. Some frogs can change the color of their skin, making it much lighter in color in a few hours. Their front feet are not webbed, and their hind feet are webbed about halfway.

This frog is named after frog scientist Albert Main.

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