Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

Great Barred Frog

Mixophyes fasciolatus

Giant barred frog - Mixophyes iteratusObserved among leaf litter at night, the great barred frog occurs especially near streams in their preferred habitat of wet sclerophyll forest, Antarctic Beech and rainforests. Their call is a harsh loud "wark-wark-wark", heard during spring and summer which, in unison forms a night time chorus in the rainforest. Once her eggs are fertilised in the stream by the male, the female frog ejects them out of the water onto the bank to develop. The first rain washes the eggs into the water where they hatch into tadpoles. This frog grows to 8cm in length.

(Illustration by Jane Thompson)

 

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