Live specimen of Uperoleia saxatilis (Photo Credit: Linette Umbrello)
Uperoleia saxatilis in amplexus (Photo Credit: Linette Umbrello)

Pilbara toadlet

Uperoleia saxatilis

This species was initially discovered through DNA sequence analysis, when it was found to be distinct from U. russelli, which is now restricted to the Gasgoyne region. This species is an endemic to the Pilbara region. It's name 'saxatilis' makes reference to its preference for rocky habitats, where it can be found.
The main call is a long squelch, with short high-pitched chirps given intermittently between the main calls. http://museum.wa.gov.au/explore/frogwatch/frogs/pilbara-toadlet

Morphology

A small (<37 mm) species with narrow snout and short limbs with extensive webbing between the toes. Brown with scattered small dark markings, red femoral patches.

Habitat

Terrestrial

This species can be found among the the rock landscapes surrounding creeks in the Pilbara.

Distribution

This species is a Pilbara endemic, centered on the Pilbara craton itself

Taxonomy

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Myobatrachidae
Genus: Uperoleia
Species: saxatilis
Name Published Year: 2011
Rank: species
Scientific Name Authorship: Catullo, Doughty, Roberts & Keogh
Commercial Impact: 

None

Conservation Assessment: Least Concern

Net Conservation Benefits Fund

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Western Australian Museum Collections https://museum.wa.gov.au/online-collections/names/uperoleia-saxatilis
Accessed 17 Jun 2021

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