Pseudophryne raveni is a common Australian frog characterized by its reddish brown to coppery dorsal color, with a dark lyre shaped marking on the posterior side. The upper lateral surface is usually dark in color and forms a dorsolateral stripe that becomes dots near the hindlegs. Lower lateral surface is reddish brown with dark accentuations. Ventral regions are marbled in white and black and the superior portion of adults is coppery in color. It can be distinguished from other species of Pseudophryne by its reddish dorsal color. P. raveni is similar to P. coriacea, but differs in the color of the sides of the body.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia
Found in the Nerang district of southeast Queensland and in the adjacent northern portion of New South Wales, Australia.
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
This species prefers soaks and springs over swamps. The mating season occurs from September to March. Its call is a drawn out ratchet sound that speeds up and ends in a high sharp pitch. The long vocal call distinguishes P. raveni from other species of Pseudophryne.
Trends and Threats
Ingram, G.J. and Corben, C.J. (1994). ''Two new species of broodfrogs (Pseudophryne) from Queensland.'' Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, 37, 267-272.
Written by Gary Tsai (gt7 AT berkeley.edu), UC Berkeley
First submitted 2003-01-19
Edited by Tate Tunstall (2005-10-19), Kellie Whittaker, updated by Ann T. Chang. (2014-09-17)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2014 Pseudophryne raveni: Copper-backed Broodfrog <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/3593> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Dec 7, 2019.
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