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FrogLitoria verreauxii verreauxii

Whistling Tree-frog

Whistling Tree-frog or Verreaux’s Tree-frog has two sub-species, Whistling Tree-frog (Litoria verreauxii verreauxii), which is widespread and common across eastern Australia, and Alpine Tree-frog (L. v. alpina), which has a very restricted range and has suffered massive declines; it is currently listed as critically endangered. Both reach a maximum size of 35mm.

Whistling Tree-frog (L. v. verreauxii) is light brown to red brown above, with an often indistinct, broad, darker patch starting between the eyes and continuing over the back. A dark band starting at the nostril runs across the eye and down to the shoulder, underlined by a white line starting at the mouth. The thighs and backs of the legs are red with small black spots, with some larger black spots present on the fronts of the thighs.

Alpine Tree-frog (L. v. alpina) is mostly green on the dorsal surface with two brown bands running parallel to each other down the back. These bands start at the eye and are separated by a narrow band of green. The thighs and backs of the legs are the same as above. The belly of both subspecies is white. <>Whistling Tree-frog inhabits swamps, dam impoundments, and creeks in woodland, farmland, forest and cleared land. Males call from pond-side vegetation or from the ground all year round, but calling intensifies during autumn and spring and after rain. As its name implies, this frog makes a whistling noise. The alpine tree frog inhabits alpine ponds and pools of creeks in moorland, alpine forest and partly cleared land. Males have a similar call as above and call from beside the breeding sites during spring and summer. Green coloured forms of L. v. verreauxii (see image) have been sited at Garuwanga near Nimmitabel.

Chytrid fungus is believed to be partly responsible for the decline of the alpine subspecies. (Wikipedia).

Current conservation status: Common

Distribution: Widespread in ACT Region.

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Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Namadgi National Park - 13 Apr 2019 Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Namadgi National Park - 23 Mar 2019 Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Gibraltar Pines - 28 Dec 2018 Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Namadgi National Park - 1 Dec 2018 Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Namadgi National Park - 1 Dec 2018 Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Bolaro, NSW - 1 Dec 2018 Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Wamboin, NSW - 3 Nov 2018 Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Amaroo, ACT - 9 Oct 2018 Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Tuggeranong Pines - 1 Feb 2018 Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Wamboin, NSW - 20 Mar 2017 Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Namadgi National Park - 7 Jan 2017 Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Forde, ACT - 31 Dec 2016 Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Namadgi National Park - 8 Nov 2016 Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Bobundara, NSW - 14 Apr 2016 Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Aranda Bushland - 25 Oct 2014 Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Mulligans Flat - 5 Oct 2011 Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Winifred, NSW - 6 Jun 2008 Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Winifred, NSW - 24 Mar 2008 Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Mount Darragh, NSW - 16 Dec 1979 Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Mongarlowe River - 29 Jan 1976 Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Kosciuszko National Park - 27 Dec 1975 Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Kosciuszko National Park - 27 Dec 1975 Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Warri, NSW - 2 Dec 1975
Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Namadgi National Park - 13 Apr 2019
Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Namadgi National Park - 23 Mar 2019
Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Gibraltar Pines - 28 Dec 2018
Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Namadgi National Park - 1 Dec 2018
Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Namadgi National Park - 1 Dec 2018
Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Bolaro, NSW - 1 Dec 2018
Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Wamboin, NSW - 3 Nov 2018
Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Amaroo, ACT - 9 Oct 2018
Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Tuggeranong Pines - 1 Feb 2018
Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Wamboin, NSW - 20 Mar 2017
Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Namadgi National Park - 7 Jan 2017
Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Forde, ACT - 31 Dec 2016
Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Namadgi National Park - 8 Nov 2016
Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Bobundara, NSW - 14 Apr 2016
Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Aranda Bushland - 25 Oct 2014
Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Mulligans Flat - 5 Oct 2011
Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Winifred, NSW - 6 Jun 2008
Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Winifred, NSW - 24 Mar 2008
Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Mount Darragh, NSW - 16 Dec 1979
Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Mongarlowe River - 29 Jan 1976
Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Kosciuszko National Park - 27 Dec 1975
Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Kosciuszko National Park - 27 Dec 1975
Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Warri, NSW - 2 Dec 1975

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