The Haswell’s (or Red-groined) Froglet is a small smooth-bodied species growing to about 35 mm in length. It is light grey-brown or brown above and has a narrow pale vertebral stripe and a dark stripe along the side of the head, broadening behind the eye and extending to the shoulder region. It also has pronounced red spots in the armpits, groin and underside of the thighs.
Red-groined or Haswell’s Froglet
Photographer: Peter Robertson / Source: Wildlife Profiles Pty. Ltd.
Distribution and habitat
This species is widely distributed throughout Gippsland. Within the greater Melbourne region it is restricted to the south-east towards Westernport Bay and the Mornington Peninsula, where it lives in a variety of habitats associated with water.
Diet consists of small invertebrates. Eggs are laid in permanent, still water. Tadpoles grow to a maximum length of 31 mm.
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