(Ingram & Corben, 1994)
Adults. Males and females to about 30 mm. Back has scattered low bumps and is usually a uniform coppery-brown or reddish-grey, occasionally with small black spots or patches. A black stripe runs down the side of the body from the tip of the snout to the groin, below which the side and head are grey with white and black dots. There is a sharp contrast between the red or copper back and the darker sides. The belly is marbled black and white. The pupil is horizontal and iris is dark gold in the upper half and dark brown in the lower half. The tops of the arms and legs may have similar colouration to the back and are grey or black underneath. Fingers and toes are unwebbed, both without pads.
Larvae. Tadpoles can reach a length of up to 26 mm. Body is small, oval-shaped and dark brown or light golden-brown in colour. Iris is golden or flecked with gold with a gold ring around the pupil. Tail is about the same height as the body, arching only slightly and tapering to a rounded tip. Fins are mostly clear with darker mottling and muscle is dark brown with numerous gold clusters and an orange or gold stripe along the top. It is unknown how long the larval stage lasts, but metamorphosis has been recorded in late winter and likely occurs through spring.1
Eggs. Eggs are laid in a nest on land under moist leaf litter, rocks, logs, or vegetation. The male guards the nest until the tadpoles hatch. The timing of hatching is dependent on rainfall, which washes the tadpoles into a nearby waterbody.1
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