Litoria aurea (green and golden bell frog), family Hylidae, is a large, dull olive to bright emerald-green frog that grows to 85 mm in length. The dorsum (back) of the frog has large irregular blotches ranging from brown to rich golden-bronze. It has a cream or yellow dorso-lateral skin fold (stripe) running from behind the eye to the lower back that is bordered by a black stripe that can extend through the eye to the nostrils. The hind toes of the frog are almost fully webbed, but the fingers of the front feet lack webbing. The frog also has a distinct tympanum (ear membrane). Breeding occurs in spring and summer, but peaks in January and February following heavy rain.
Green and Golden Bell Frog |
Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Litoria aurea
The main potential threats to the green and golden bell frog include predation of adults by European red foxes (Vulpes vulpes); cats (Felis catus); dogs (Canis lupus familiaris); rats (Rattus spp.) and natural predators. road mortality. interaction with cane toads (Rhinella marina). grazing and trampling of habitat. inappropriate fire regimes (DEC; 2005).