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Latest Amphibians of Australia Stories

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

Centralian Tree Frog, Litoria gilleni
2013-10-18 11:18:17

The Centralian Tree Frog (Litoria gilleni) is a large species of tree frog endemic to a small area in central Australia. It is closely related to the Australian Green Tree Frog (L. caerulea), and looks much alike it in appearance. As a large tree frog, it reaches a length of 3.1 inches in the females and 2.4 inches in the males. The dorsal surface is green or olive green, while the ventral surface is white. A large fold covers the top part of the tympanum, which is visible. The toe pads...

Littlejohn’s Tree Frog, Litoria littlejohni
2013-10-09 12:26:27

The Littlejohn’s Tree Frog (Litoria littlejohni), known also as the Heath Frog or the Orange-Bellied Tree Frog, is a species of tree frog that is native to eastern Australia from Wyong, New South Wales, to Buchan, Victoria. Measuring about 60 millimeters in length, this frog is of medium size. It is usually brown or grey-brown on the dorsal surface with many scattered darker colored flecks and spots. Often, a faint darker patch is featured on the back. A dark line extends from behind the...

Dainty Green Tree Frog, Litoria gracilenta
2013-10-09 11:31:55

The Dainty Green Tree Frog (Litoria gracilenta), known also as the Graceful Tree Frog, is a tree frog that is native to eastern Queensland, and north-eastern New South Wales, Australia. It ranges from northern Cape York in Queensland to Gosford in New South Wales, with a small and most likely introduced population in Hornsby Heights in Sydney. It is the faunal emblem of the City of Brisbane. It is a slender and medium sized frog, reaching a length of 1.8 inches. It features a rich green...

White-Lipped Tree Frog, Litoria infrafrenata
2013-10-09 11:28:47

The White-Lipped Tree Frog (Litoria infrafrenata), known also as the Giant Tree Frog, is the world’s largest tree frog. This species is endemic to the rainforests of Northern Queensland, New Guinea, the Bismarck Islands, and the Admiralty Islands. The White-lipped Tree Frog reaches a length of over 5.1 inches. The females are larger than the males as they usually only reach 3.9 inches. Its dorsal surface is normally bright green, although the color changes depending on the background and...

Broad-Palmed Frog, Litoria latopalmata
2013-10-09 11:25:14

The Broad-Palmed Frog (Litoria latopalmata) is a ground-dwelling Australian tree frog. It is native to a large part of eastern Australia. It can be found from mid-Queensland to south of Sydney. It is associated with the coast and inland, and is distributed as far west as New South Wales to the SA border. The coloration on this tree frog is pale to dark brown on its dorsal surface; it can have darker spots or variegations. The skin is smooth, with the occasional wart featured on its back. A...

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