Tiny Frog #2 - Litoria rubella

Three of these little guys were living in the filter of our water tank. They hopped out when I went to clean said filter this morning.

They are either a "Green-thighed Frog" (litoria brevipalmata) or a "Broad-palmed Rocketfrog" (litoria latopalmata) but I can't quite tell which.

They would have been about an inch long, roughly.

This was almost a perfect shot, but because I was balancing on a ladder and the top of the tank (2.5m off the ground), I managed to chop of the rear of the frog!

View all photos taken: Sunday, 27th August 2006, This photo: 6:54am

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  • AlexandraPhotos said:
    Interesting markings on the frog. They must be tiny. Nice shot

    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • *melby* said:
    Thank you for posting in the Canon PowerShot S2 IS: macro and super macro pool.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Alexandra and Melby.

    Yes they are indeed tiny, and so much cuter than the other amphibian species so common around here (Cane Toads).
  • liquidGhoul said:
    It is the Desert Tree Frog (Litoria rubella). The Green-thighed Frog is extremely rare, and restricted to a few locations. The way you can tell it is not that, is by the huge legs on this guy. If you look at photos of the Green-thighed Frog, you can see the size of the back legs in comparison to the body. It is much smaller.

    The Broad-palmed Frog has a vertical white line in front of the eye. You can see one of these in my photo stream. Check out photos of the Desert Tree Frog for comparisons. The colour is very variable, your guy is a little plainer than the red ones.


  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks for the ID Evan :) I had about four of these living in the filter for the watertanks. I've since relocated them as eaux de frog in my drinking water isn't that desirable ;-)