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Litoria gracilenta

Graceful Treefrog / Dainty Treefrog


Fine, granular skin visible on the dorsal surface (back) and ventral surface (belly), as is the orange ring around the pupil.
Crimson/purplish-blue colour present on outer thighs in males.
A familiar position of the Graceful treefrog over the cooler (inactive) months.
Darkly pigmented Graceful Treefrog eggs surrounded in a clear 'jelly' on the waters surface.

Threatened Status:
EPBC/NC/IUCN: Least Concern

Medium, <45mm

Quick ID features:
Green, finely granular skin. Yellow on the belly. Toe-pads and finger disks present, as is webbing between fingers and toes. A crimson or purplish-blue colour visible on outer thigh.

Green, finely granular skin above and yellow coarsely granular skin below. Well-developed toe-pads, finger disks and webbing between fingers and toes. A crimson or purplish-blue colour is visible on the outer thigh when extended. Orange ring present around the pupil as is the distinctive 'chiselled'/well defined snout.

Drawn-out 'ehhhh'. Heard calling after rain in spring and summer. Males call from low branches, grass stems and rushes near water.

Breeding & Distribution:
Largely an aboreal species, associated with short-lived (ephemeral) waterbodies in open forest and dry woodland but often found in the urban environment. Widespread distribution. Eggs are brown and laid in a clear jelly at the water's surface.

Similar species:
Often mistaken for the Green treefrog (Litoria caerulea), but the former is a smaller frog with a yellow belly and granular skin above and below.

Species description paraphrased by permission © Ed Meyer. Text must not be used without the author's permission.