Bibron’s Toadlet Pseudophryne bibronii

Frogs of Victoria series

Identification

Bibron’s Toadlet, Pseudophryne bibronii, is a small, short limbed species, brown to black above with prominent black and white marbling on the belly. It grows to a length of about 35 mm.

Photo of Bibron’s Toadlet, Pseudophryne bibronii

Bibron’s Toadlet
Photographer: Peter Robertson / Source: Wildlife Profiles Pty. Ltd.

Distribution and habitat

The Bibron’s Toadlet occurs mainly to the west, north and north east of Melbourne. It is found in forested areas, where it hides under fallen timber, rocks etc.

Biology

Its diet consists of small invertebrates. Females lay their gelatinous eggs in damp locations such as under bark or leaves, usually in shallow burrows guarded by the male. Tadpoles grow to a maximum length of 31 mm and take 3-7 months to develop.

Further Reading

Barker, J., Grigg, G. and Tyler, M. J. 1995. A Field Guide to Australian Frogs. Surrey Beatty & Sons, Sydney.

Cogger, H. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia. Reed Books, Sydney.

Hero, J. M., Littlejohn, M. & Marantelli, G. 1991. Frogwatch Field Guide to Victorian Frogs. Department of Conservation and Environment, East Melbourne.

Tyler, M. J. 1992. Encyclopaedia of Australian Animals: Frogs. Angus & Robertson, Sydney.

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