Marbled Burrowing FrogScientific name: Heleioporus psammophilus
Meaning of name: Heleioporus is probably from the Greek helios, meaning sun, and poros, meaning holes, referring to the pattern on the back of the first named species, Heleioporus albopunctatus. Psammophilus means sand-loving and refers to this species preference for sandy soils.
Distribution: South-west of Western Australia from Geraldton to Mt Barker.
Description: A brown back with indistinct to bold white or pale grey patches. Sides dotted with white. Up to 62 millimetres long.
Notes: The call is described as a short high-pitched put-put-put-put, similar to a single cylinder motor such as a small outboard or lighting plant. It is believed that this frog breeds in a similar way to Heleioporus eyrei, clutches of eggs are laid at the end of a burrow dug into the sand.
References: Frogs of Western Australia. MJ Tyler, LA Smith, RE Johnstone. 1994
Reptiles and Frogs of the Perth Region. Brian Bush, Brad Maryan, Robert Browne-Cooper, David Robinson. 1995
Field Guide to the Frogs of Western Australia. MJ Tyler, P Doughty. 2009
Hear the call at the WA Museum http://museum.wa.gov.au/explore/frogwatch/frogs/sand-frog