See G. E. Severn, Miniature Trees in the Japanese Style (1967), M. Kawasumi, Introductory Bonsai (1972).
This is a small species of frogs, females can reach a maximum size of 25-30mm, while males may only reach 20mm when fully grown. It is of variable colour (depending upon temperature and colour of surrounding environment), ranging from fawn to light green on top, and occasionally has black flecks on its back. A white line begins under the eye, and joins the white stomach. A brown line begins from the nostril, and continues through the eye, and between the green (or fawn) and white sections on the top and bottom of the body. This species toe discs are only slightly larger than the toes and toes are 3 quarters webbed. Some individuals will have an orange posterior thigh.
Breeding occurs at small ponds or dams, which have a lot of reeds or other emergent vegetation. This species will often breed in temporary water. The call of the Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog is a short, high pitched, wr-e-e-ek ip-ip, repeated three or four times. They emit their call from a single submandibular vocal sac. The males call during the spring and summer seasons, often before and after heavy rain.
Approximately 200-300 eggs are laid at each amplexus and clumps of spawn contain up to 35 eggs. The minimum tadpole lifespan is 118 days, at a consist temperature of 20°C. Metamorphosis occurs from January to March, the metamorphs resemble tha adults and are very small only 9-13mm in length.
This species is a member of the Dwarf Tree Frog complex. As well as this species this species complex is comprised of the Northern Dwarf Tree Frog (Litoria bicolor), Cooloolah Tree Frog (Litoria coololensis), and Wallum Sedge Frog (Litoria olongburensis). All of these species are similar in size (smaller than 30mm) and have a similar ratchet like call. The species along the east coast often inhabit coastal wallum and acid swamps. Most of these species have more than one common name, with a least one name containing "dwarf tree Frog".
Australia Network-frog call available here.
Reptiles & Amphibians of Australia Harold G. Cogger (1975)
Australian Frogs A Natural History Michael J. Tyler (1994)