On a cold Blackheath evening last October twelve bushcarers met near the Duckpond to learn about local frogs from Alan Lane. Unfortunately only two frogs were calling that night: the Common Eastern Froglet and the Eastern Pobblebonk.
However, Alan was able to show some wonderful photos of the ten or so most common Blue Mountains frogs – both mature and tadpoles — and play recordings of their calls. He described the interesting behaviour of each species, including the differing lengths of their life cycles.
Alan has completed a Masters degree in frog ecology, researching frogs in the upper Blue Mountains area.
Below is a list of the frogs discussed — and their calls — from Alan.
Common frogs of the Blue Mountains
|Common Name||Scientific Name||Call|
|Common Eastern Froglet||Crinia signifera||A bit like a cricket: ‘crik, crik, crik’. Can be heard year round.|
|Eastern Pobblebonk or Banjo Frog||Limnidynastes dumerilii||A resonant, musical ‘kplunk’|
|Striped Marsh Frog||Limnodynastes peronii||A soft short call, like a tennis ball being hit: ‘pok pok’ or ‘wuk wuk’. Can be heard year round.|
|Laughing Frog or Emerald-spotted Tree Frog||Litoria peronii||A harsh, rattling, downward-inflected cackle or laugh: ‘ackackackack’|
|Whirring Tree Frog||Litoria verreauxii||A very penetrating, upward ‘weep weep weep’|
|Blue Mountains Tree Frog||Litoria citropa||Sounds like a toy wooden horse galloping. Lots at Ingar Swamp, Kings Tableland.|
|Bleating Tree Frog||Litoria dentate||Bleating call, almost painful in intensity and pitch; a bit like cicadas|
|Broad-footed Tree Frog||Litoria latopalmata||Rapid ‘yapping’ or ‘quacking’. Calls from the edges of water bodies, e.g. dams.|
|Lesueur‘s Frog||Litoria lesueuri||Soft, purring call from near water. Common around rocky, flowing streams, e.g. Govett‘s Creek|