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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 6

Batrachia. — Frogs



Of this order not many species were collected.

30. Limnodynastes dorsalis.

Striped Swamp Frog.

In a reed-bed near Lake Boga a single specimen was page 33 obtained. It is a common species near Sydney, on the Clarence River, near Rylston, and in many other localities.

31. Hyla aurea.

Common Golden Tree Frog.

This species, widely distributed over Australia, is the most common of all our Batrachians: the natives when pinched for food capture large numbers of it by the light of a torch at night; a supply of this frog can always be secured wherever there is fresh water near.

32. Hyla peronii.

Yellow-Legged Tree Frog.

This species, which ranges also over a great part of the continent, is generally found during the day-time under the bark of the "Flooded Gam" (Eucalyptus rostrata).

33. Hyla adelaidensis.

Adelaide Tree Frog.

This species is not common on the Murray; its range extends as far as Western Australia.

34. Pelodryas cæruleus.

Great Green Tree Frog,

The largest of our Batrachians, found in every part of Australia, and in New Guinea. I have seen specimens as large as a man's fist. This species feeds upon almost every living object that can be swallowed: lizards, frogs, all kinds of insects, and young birds—for I have once taken the nestling of a small honey-eater out of the stomach of one of these insatiable reptiles.

This concludes my notice of the reptilian fauna of the Lower Murray, which, as before mentioned, will prove much richer both in genera and species than it appears at present to be. I could enumerate some 5 or 6 more species, but these were in such bad preservation that it was found impossible to determine their character with certainty.