Taudactylus diurnus Straughan & Lee, 1966
Southern Day Frog, Mt Glorious Torrent Frog, Mt Glorious Day Frog
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Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia
Taudactylus diurnus occurred in disjunct populations in three subcoastal mountain ranges (Blackall, Conondale, and D’Aguilar Ranges) in the s.e. Qld region from Coonoon Gibber Ck in the north to Mt Glorious in the south (Czechura & Ingram 1990; Hines et al. 1999). The area of occurrence of the species is about 1000 km2 (map in Hines et al. 1999). Taudactylus diurnus occurred over a relatively narrow altitudinal range of 350-800 m with most records falling between 500 and 800 m (Czechura & Ingram 1990). In the early 1970’s it was considered to be relatively common where it occurred (McEvoy et al. 1979), but has not been sighted in the wild since 1979 despite continued efforts to relocate the species (Hines et al. 1999). The disappearance of T. diurnus occurred over a period of three to four years: disappearing from the D’Aguilar Range in late 1975, then from the Blackall Range in late 1978 and finally from the Conondale Range in early 1979 (Czechura & Ingram 1990). There is no information on population size, structure, genetics or dynamics (Hines et al. 1999).
Formerly known from Kondalilla, Conondale, Mapleton Falls, Obi Obi Gorge, Maiala, and Manorina NP (Tyler 1997), SF 311 and private land (H. Hines pers. comm.).
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Trends and Threats
Czechura, G.V. and Ingram, G. (1990). ''Taudactylus diurnus and the case of the disappearing frogs.'' Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, 29(2), 361-365.
Hines, H., Mahony, M. and McDonald, K. (1999). ''An assessment of frog declines in wet subtropical Australia.'' Declines and Disappearances of Australian Frogs. A. Campbell, eds., Environment Australia, Canberra, 44-63.
Ingram, G. (1980). ''A new frog of the genus Taudactylus (Myobatrachidae) from mid-eastern Queenlsand with notes on the other species of the genus.'' Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, 20(1), 111-119.
Liem, D.S. and Hosmer, W. (1973). ''Frogs of the genus Taudactylus with description of two new species (Anura: Leptodactylidae).'' Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, 16(3), 534-457.
McEvoy, J.S., McDonald, K.R., and Searle, A.K. (1979). ''Mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians of the Kilcoy Shire, Queensland.'' Queensland Journal of Agriculture and Animal Science, 36, 167-180.
Meyer, E., Hines, H., and Hero, J.-M. (2001). ''Southern Dayfrog, Taudactylus diurnus.'' Wet Forest Frogs of South-east Queensland. Griffith University, Gold Coast, 36-37.
Straughan, I.R. and Lee, A.K. (1966). ''A new genus and species of leptodactylid frog from Queensland.'' Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, 77(6), 63-66.
Tyler, M.J. (1997). The Action Plan for Australian Frogs. Wildlife Australia, Canberra, ACT.
Watson, G.F. and Martin, A.A. (1973). ''Life history, larval morphology and relationships of Australian leptodactylid frogs.'' Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, 97, 25-34.
Originally submitted by: Jean-Marc Hero et. al. (first posted 2002-04-05)
Edited by: Ambika Sopory, Jean-Marc Hero (2008-09-17)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Taudactylus diurnus: Southern Day Frog <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/3597> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Mar 20, 2023.
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