Asterophrys turpicola (Schlegel, 1837)
New Guinea Bush Frog
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Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Indonesia, Papua New Guinea
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The New Guinea Bush Frog is known for its defensive behavior. When threatened, this frog inflates its body and gapes widely, exposing its blue tongue. If this is not sufficient to scare away the intruder, the frog will leap at and bite the potential predator, holding on for as long as several minutes (Zweifel 2003).
This species is likely to have direct development, but little is known about its reproductive behavior. The males call from subterranean hiding places. The adult diet consists of lizards, insects, and other frogs (Zweifel 2003).
Trends and Threats
IUCN, Conservation International, and NatureServe. 2006. Global Amphibian Assessment. www.globalamphibians.org. Accessed on 21 July 2007.
Zweifel, R. G. (2003). ''New Guinea bush frog, Asterophrys turpicola.'' Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia, Volume 6, Amphibians. 2nd edition. M. Hutchins, W. E. Duellman, and N. Schlager, eds., Gale Group, Farmington Hills, Michigan.
Originally submitted by: Peera Chantasirivisal (first posted 2005-10-25)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2009-04-01)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2009 Asterophrys turpicola: New Guinea Bush Frog <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/2395> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Sep 29, 2023.
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