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Color: Dorsum olive golden, with a light yellow median line; a well marked large golden ocellus on shoulder on each side, continuing obliquely along flanks. Indistinct yellowish bars on limbs and jaws. Sometimes dorsum is faintly mottled. Ventrum cream, gular region black in breeding males.
The eyes of juvenile Tomopterna breviceps are surrounded by a dark circle. Its broad head is reddish.
The tadpoles are pinkish brown with dark brown spottings. The tadpoles have stout body, the snout is high broad and rounded. The oral disc is anterior, the fringe of oral papillae does not extend on anterior and posterior labium. The posterior labium double row of papillae. Labial tooth row formula is 2(2)/3. The beak is narrow and finely serrated. The lanceolate tail has dorsal fin broader than the ventral. Body is light brown with large dark brown blotches, ventrum grayishwhite with fine brown dottings. The tadpole is found in small ponds and side pools along streams. Total length of the tadpole 34-36 mm, tail 25-26 mm.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Breeding season starts with the first showers of summer monsoons, when males gather in the shallow marginal waters of large ponds, spaced well apart from each other. The call is a quickly repeated "Awang, awang, awang" uttered 5 to 7 times in a burst. The same habitat is a potential breeding site for other local amphibians, e.g., Bufo stomaticus, Euphlyctis cyanophlyctis, Holobatrachus tigerinus and Microhyla ornata. Occasionally, a relatively agile male of B. stomaticus or E.cyanophlyctis pairs with a Tomopterna breviceps (regardless of sex) which being docile, offers little or no resistance; the pair soon separates.
Eggs of Tomopterna breviceps are large, enclosed in two envelopes of jelly, and laid in small batches which float and adhere to the grass blades.
Tomopterna breviceps has a remarkable resemblance to the burrowing frogs of the genus Uperodon.
For references in the text, see here
Khan, M.S. (1976). '' An annotated checklist and key to the amphibians of Pakistan.'' Biologia , 22:201-210.
Khan, M.S. (1985). ''An interesting collection of amphibians and reptiles from Cholistan Desert, Punjab, Pakistan.'' Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society, 82, 144-148.
Minton, S.A. (1962). ''An annotated key to the amphibians and reptiles of Sind and Las Bela, West Pakistan.'' American Museum Novitates, 2081, 1-21.
Minton, S.A. (1966). ''A contribution to the herpetology of West Pakistan.'' Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, 134(2), 31-184.
Written by M. S. Khan (typhlops99 AT hotmail.com), Herp Lab, Rabwah, Pakistan.
First submitted 2002-03-19
Edited by vtv, JG (2010-03-17)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2010 Sphaerotheca breviceps: Burrowing frog <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/5197> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jul 24, 2017.
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