The Haswell's Frog
) is a small ground frog found around coastal
swamps in eastern Australia
from around Port Macquarie, New South Wales
to the Mornington Peninsula
. It is the only member
of the genus Paracrinia
This species of frog reaches 30 mm in length. This frog varies from light grey brown, pale brown to red-brown above with some darker flecks. There is normally a faint mid-dorsal stripe running down the back. There is also a dark band running from the back of the eye to the shoulder. The top half of the iris
. The thighs are red in colour, which gives it another name, the red-groined froglet. The ventral surface of this species is light brown with white patches.
Ecology and behaviour
This species is associated with coastal swamps
, particularly in wallum
swampland and heathland. This species also inhabits dams
and ditches in sclerophyll forest
Males make an "annk" call from water or on land during most of the year, but most often after rain in autumn and winter. Eggs
are laid in water attached to sticks and leaves. The tadpole
of this species has very deeply arched tail fins. Metamorphosis
occurs during spring and autumn after a tadpole life span of about 100 days. Metamorph frogs measure 13mm and resemble the adult, however the thigh red colouration is not yet fully developed.
- -frog call available here.
- Anstis, M. 2002. Tadpoles of South-eastern......