Haswell's Froglet Paracrinia haswelli

Frogs of Victoria series

Identification

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

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.

Biology

Diet consists of small invertebrates. Eggs are laid in permanent, still water. Tadpoles grow to a maximum length of 31 mm.

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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micah bonnici 31 October, 2010 10:21
do you no any good spots in Hastings to find these guys if not other parts of the mornington peninsula. Any specific national parks, state forests or reserves
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micah bonnici 3 November, 2010 15:28
i was wondering for good spots in the mornington to photograph these guys for herpetological articles so if you could suggest a spot that would be much appreciated.
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Discovery Centre 4 November, 2010 16:08
Hi Micah, your best bet is to contact the rangers for the parks in the area and see if they can assist you. The link for Parks Victoria's website is http://www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/ 

 

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Danni 12 January, 2013 00:11
I think we just found one of these in our backyard but it doesn't have the vertebral stripe described. Can we send you photos to try and ID this froglet?
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Discovery Centre 12 January, 2013 14:55
Hi Danni, you certainly can!  Please send your image to the Discovery Centre via the Ask the Experts page.
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