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2012-10-09 22:47:49

In the battle for survival, the impact of climate change may tip the balance against Australia´s dwindling urban frog populations. “Who´d be a frog in the suburbs?” asks conservation biologist Joab Wilson from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) at RMIT. “Not only do they have to contend with habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation, now there´s climate change, too. They really are stuck between a rock and a hard place....

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2009-06-29 10:33:22

A team of researchers has discovered that animals that sleep longer store energy for a long duration of time, something scientists believe could be useful the treatment of obesity and other disorders. In an effort to conserve energy when resources are scarce, some species of animals, like the burrowing frog (Cyclorana alboguttata), go through a period of torpor. These frogs can survive for several years buried in the mud without any food or water. They are able to survive such extended...

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2008-09-20 08:16:21

A groundbreaking new study into the mating and nesting practices of a common Australian frog has found they partner up to eight males sequentially "“ the highest recorded of any vertebrate. Dr Phillip Byrne, from Monash University's School of Biological Sciences, has researched the frog species Bibron's toadlet (Pseudophryne bibronii) for six years and in this latest field trip, discovered a new behavior undetected in a frog species until now. "Our study revealed that females made the...


Latest Amphibians of Australia Reference Libraries

Tasmanian Tree Frog, Litoria burrowsae
2014-07-31 10:47:16

The Tasmanian Tree Frog (Litoria burrowsae) is a species of tree frog that is located on the west coast of Tasmania, Australia. The name King Tree Frog is also used regarding this species. As a moderately sized tree frog, the Tasmanian Tree Frog measures up to about 60 millimeters long. It can be a light green or dark brown on the dorsal surface. The brown form usually has some light brown patches and green flecks, while the green form frequently has light or dark brown patches. A thin...

Blue Mountains Tree Frog
2014-06-30 14:42:19

The Blue Mountains Tree Frog (Litoria citropa) is a species of tree frog that is endemic to the coastal and highland areas of eastern Australia, from just south of Newcastle NSW, to eastern VIC. The Jenolan Caves Tree Frog, a population previously separated as L. jenolanensis, is nowadays included in this species. This tree frog is of moderate size, up to about 60 millimeters long. Its dorsal surface is brown with a few darker colored flecks. There is a dark stripe that extends from the...

Bleating Tree Frog, Litoria dentata
2014-06-30 14:33:50

The Bleating Tree Frog (Litoria dentata) is a tree frog belonging to the family Hylidae. This frog is native to coastal eastern Australia, from southeastern Queensland, to around Eden, New South Wales. As it is a small frog, it measures up to 45 millimeters long. The dorsal surface of this frog is a dark or pale, rich brown, with broad and irregular bands on each side of the frog starting from the back of the eye. A dark colored stripe extends from the snout, through the eye, and onto the...

Brown Tree Frog, Litoria ewingii
2014-05-26 13:45:47

The Brown Tree Frog (Litoria ewingii) is a species of tree frog endemic to most of southern Victoria, eastern South Australia, southern New South Wales, throughout Tasmania, including Bass Strait Islands, where it is the most frequently encountered frog in that state. It has been introduced to New Zealand, where it can be locally abundant. This frog can reach 45 millimeters long. It is pale to dark brown on the dorsal surface, with a broad darker patch starting at the eyes and covering...

Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog, Litoria fallax
2014-05-26 10:53:47

The Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog (Litoria fallax) is a small and very common tree frog located on the eastern coast of Australia, from around Cairns, Queensland, to around Ulladulla, New South Wales. Individuals of this species are often found somewhere else, having been accidentally relocated by transported fruit boxes. Confirmed sightings of breeding pairs have confirmed their survival in Victoria’s cooler climate. This is a small species; the females can reach a maximum size of 25 to 30...

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