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FrogLitoria verreauxii verreauxii

Whistling Tree-frog at Forde, ACT

Litoria verreauxii verreauxii at Forde, ACT - 31 Dec 2016

Identification history

Frog Litoria verreauxii verreauxii 12 Jan 2017 MichaelMulvaney
Unidentified 11 Jan 2017 jmhatley

Author's notes

Two different species of frog found in our yard in Forde (Blizzard Circuit). The plain brown frog is quite common in our yard although this particular one was very pale compared others we have seen. These frogs live around the house and in our pond in the back yard. The small green and brown stripped frog was seen for the first time yesterday (10 Jan 17) and appeared from under a large ground cover grevillea, again in our back yard. Would be interested to know what species of frog they both are. Regards John H

8 comments

ibaird wrote:
   11 Jan 2017
Dare I suggest Litoria verreauxii alpina (first image)? See Cogger (2014) 7th edn. p.193.
   11 Jan 2017
Hi jmhatley, thanks for these excellent sightings. They are fantastic. Could I please bug you to create another separate sighting. So that each image has it's own sighting. Each sighting is meant to be for each species if that makes sense. Where as you have 2 species of frogs here within the same single sighting. So we need to separate them etc so that each sighting can be confirmed as a different species etc. Thanks heaps.
   11 Jan 2017
PS - re second image, i think is a Peron's Tree Frog??
wombey wrote:
   12 Jan 2017
The pale Frog is Litoria peronii, the pale colour is of no significance, they can darken or lighten at will and are common in the Canberra suburbs. The other greenish one is Litoria verreauxii, also found in the Canberra region although the greenish colour usually pertains to the subspecies alpine. Whether this is local colour variation or an alpine individual relocated is problematic. Here again is an example of two animals known to be different and posted in the same record.
   12 Jan 2017
Thanks Guys I have created separate records - John H - look forward to your future sightings, with one species per post.
   12 Jan 2017
John Hatley said "We have lived in the northern end of Forde since 2013 (56 Blizzard Cct) and one of the first projects I took on was to build a small creek and pond in the backyard.... Directly across the road from us is the major creek line that has been re-aligned along Mulligans Flat Road, I had always assumed our visiting frogs had made the short trip across the road as I offer a permanent water source, unlike the creek.

Given this the form of the whistling tree frog seems to be of interest and worth further investigation
jmhatley wrote:
   12 Jan 2017
Same story as for the sighting of the Peron's Tree-Frog in that we have lived in the northern end of Forde since 2013 (56 Blizzard Cct) and one of the first projects I took on was to build a small creek and pond in the backyard. Directly across the road from us is the major creek line that has been re-aligned along Mulligans Flat Road, I had always assumed our visiting frogs had made the short trip across the road as I offer a permanent water source, unlike the creek. However, this sighting is the first for us of the Whistling Tree-Frog and was quite unexpected as I was cutting the lawn in our backyard when this little guy jumped out from under a large ground cover grevillea I have growing. So no idea where he came from and I do not recall having heard any different frog calls at night, but given we now know of the new species in our yard and we'll keep an ear out.
   12 Jan 2017
Great work. GeoffR

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Rattus rattus (Black Rat) at Forde, ACT - 27 Apr 2019
Lychas marmoreus (Marbled Scorpion) at Forde, ACT - 16 Mar 2018
Amphibolurus muricatus (Jacky Dragon) at Forde, ACT - 5 Feb 2018
Polistes (Polistes) chinensis (Asian paper wasp) at Forde, ACT - 20 Jan 2018
Sceliphron laetum (Common mud dauber wasp) at Forde, ACT - 20 Jan 2018
Litoria peronii (Peron's Tree-frog) at Forde, ACT - 31 Dec 2016

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Location

Location information

  • Coordinates 149.153505-35.155738
  • Places Forde, ACT

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 - 3 Abundance
  • 31 Dec 2016 9:40 PM Recorded on
  • jmhatley Recorded by
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