IUCN threat status:

Critically Endangered (CR)

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The Yellow-spotted Bell Frog may be up to 80 mm SVL (in larger females; Robinson 1996). This species can be distinguished from others in the Litoria aurea group by its fully webbed toes, yellow spotting on the groin, and yellow spotting on the back of the thighs (Cogger 2000). The dorsal coloration is marbled green (dull olive to bright emerald green) and gold (Robinson 1996). Bronze spots as well as scattered black spots and a pale green dorsal stripe are visible (Robinson 1996). The tympanum is conspicuous and darker than the body (Robinson 1996). Pale cream dorsolateral folds are present (Robinson 1996). The groin and posterior thigh are blue-green with large yellow/cream spots (Robinson 1996). The venter is white (Robinson 1996). Dorsal skin is warty, while the ventral skin is glandular (Robinson 1996). Toes are fully webbed with very small toe discs that are narrower than the width of the phalanx (Robinson 1996).The call is said to resemble a distant motorbike, with a series of loud grunts. Tadpoles can reach 80 mm; the larval body is pinkish-grey while the tail fin is yellowish (Robinson 1993; Barker et al. 1995).


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