Fleay’s Barred Frog (Mixophyes fleayi)
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Fleay’s barred frogs are medium to large frogs growing up to 90 millimetres long. The females are often larger than the males. Fleay’s barred frogs have pale brown backs with darker blotches starting between the eyes and running down the back. The arms and legs have dark bars which widen under the legs to form a triangular pattern. The belly is smooth and pale yellow. In adults the top half of the iris is silver-blue and the lower half is brown. The fingers are unwebbed and the toes are half-webbed.
This frog is distinguishable from other barred frog species by the spots on its sides, triangular pattern on the backs of its thighs and its distinctive eye colour.
The tadpoles are fairly large and dark brown in colour, with a fine layer of gold flecks across the back. These tadpoles are fast swimmers and dart under rocks when disturbed.