Gastric-brooding Frog - Northern Gastric-brooding Frog (R. Vitellinus) - Ecology and Behaviour

Ecology and Behaviour

The Northern Gastric-brooding Frog was only recorded in pristine rainforests where the only form of human disturbance was poorly defined walking tracks. As with the Southern Gastric-brooding Frog, the Northern Gastric-brooding Frog was also a largely aquatic species. They were found in and around the shallow sections of fast flowing creeks and streams where individuals were located in shallow, rocky, broken-water areas, in cascades, riffles and trickles. The water in these streams was cool and clear, and the frogs hid away beneath or between boulders in the current or in backwaters.

Male Northern Gastric-brooding Frogs call from the water's edge during summer. The call was loud, consisting of several staccato notes. It is similar to the Southern Gastric-brooding Frogs call although deeper, shorter and repeated less often.

The Northern Gastric-brooding Frog has been observed feeding on small crayfish, caddisfly larvae and terrestrial and aquatic beetles as well as the Eungella Torrent Frog (Taudactylus eungellensis).

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