Dusky Toadlet, Uperoleia fusca ? by Normf

Dusky Toadlet, Uperoleia fusca ? by 

I photographed this specimen that I was sure was a Smooth Toadlet (Uperoleia laevigata) as well but its leg mmarkings were yellow! According to Wikipedia there are two other very similar Uperoleia species, the Dusky Toadlet, (Uperoleia fusca) and the Tyler’s Toadlet, (Uperoleia tyleri). In all three of these species there is a red/orange/yellow patch in the thigh, back of legs and behind the knee. In the Smooth Toadlet this patch is quite large and is almost always red, it can however be orange but is not yellow. In the Dusky Toadlet this colour patch is more reduced and is almost always orange, but can be red and occasionally yellow. In the Tyler’s Toadlet this patch is rarely anything other than yellow.

Can anyone help?. This was photographed in Woolgoolga, NSW Australia


  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...about 4 years ago

    oh Norm…what a beautiful frog! The colors are incredible…..
    Does the patch look different between females and males or young/old?

  • Carla these frogs pretty much Morph into adult coloration straight awat. One of the only differances in sex is that males have a darker throat. I’m now thinking this other specimen that I thought was A Smooth toadlet is actually a Dusky Toadlet and the one above is a Tyler’s Toadlet! They are only tiny shy little things but I’d love to know which is which!!?

    – Normf

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 4 years ago

    Well captured !
    No wonder it is hard to decide which is which with all the possible similarities ! !

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