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A small stocky frog with snout-vent length up to 38 mm for males, 47 mm for females. Mostly brown, occasionally green. Has robust limbs; males have broader and more muscular forelimbs. Hind toes are webbed for about half their length. No external eardrum (Gill and Whitaker 1996). Granular glands are widely dispersed over the sides, legs, and belly, but are sparse or absent from the dorsum (Green 1988).
Most widely distributed native frog in New Zealand. Named after Dr. Ferdinand von Hochstetter (1829-1884) who was an Austrian geologist and the first to take specimens of this frog to Europe (Gill and Whitaker 1996).