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Fly Neighbourly Advice for the Tasman National Park

24/08/2019

Public comment is invited on the draft Tasman National Park Fly Neighbourly Advice. The draft Fly Neighbourly Advice has been prepared by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service in response to increasing air traffic over the Tasman National Park.More

Hybrid diesel-electric shuttle buses at Cradle Mountain - a first for National p

19/08/2019

When you next visit Cradle Mountain you will be able to step aboard one of the new hybrid, diesel-electric, shuttle buses on your trip to Dove Lake. These new buses will reduce emissions and deliver a quieter, all mobility friendly, visitor experience.More

AFAC Independent Operational Review of the 2018-19 bushfires

08/08/2019

Following the 2018-19 bushfires the Tasmanian Government commissioned an independent report by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Council to review the overall response and identify areas where more can be done to improve the State's response andMore

Smooth Froglet, Geocrinia laevis

Smooth Froglet Geocrinia laevis

Smooth Froglet
(Photograph by Alex Dudley)

Description

The Smooth Froglet is a small, plump frog with a smooth to slightly warty upper surface, dark brown in males and purplish with light coloured patches in females. The undersurface is a smooth off-white to pinkish with darker, brown blotches. It reaches a length of 33 mm.

Breeding

Breeding takes place in late summer to autumn. Large eggs are laid in clutches ranging from 70-310 eggs. These are laid in low-lying vegetated areas that will flood with the first rains of winter, as well as on the banks of ponds and dams.

The embryos develop on land in the egg capsules until an advanced tadpole stage is reached. When the breeding site is flooded, the tadpoles commence aquatic life. If the heavy rains are delayed then the unhatched larvae can survive for several months provided sufficient moisture is available.  Metamorphosis occurs in spring and summer, about 6-8 months after hatching.

Vocalisations

Smooth Frog
Males call from beneath moist leaf litter and at the bases of grass tussocks. It can be heard during autumn. (Audio recordings courtesy of Ron Nagorcka/Central North Field Naturalists)

Smooth Froglet
Distribution map courtesy
Natural Values Atlas
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data from theLIST
© 2010 State of Tasmania.

Distribution and Habitat

The Smooth Froglet is found throughout northern and central Tasmania including King Island. It occurs in open forest, woodlands and buttongrass moorlands. It is also found in south-west Victoria and south-east South Australia.