AmphibiaWeb - Taudactylus liemi


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Taudactylus liemi Ingram, 1980
Liem's Tinker Frog
family: Myobatrachidae
subfamily: Myobatrachinae
genus: Taudactylus

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Near Threatened (NT)
National Status None
Regional Status None



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View Bd and Bsal data (5 records).

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia


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View Bd and Bsal data (5 records).
Eungella region, west of Mackay from Mt William in the north to Crediton in the south, Queensland. The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 400 km2

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Confined to rocky margins of fast flowing creeks in montane rainforest in the Eungella area. Males call from hidden positions. Eggs and tadpoles remain unknown, however, preserved gravid females have been found to hold 34 – 51 eggs.

Trends and Threats
No reduction in range, large area of occupancy, not fragmented, no obvious threats. "Neat threatened" due to small extent of occurrence and declines in congeners.

The cause(s) of the decline remains unknown. McDonald (1990) found no obvious evidence that seasonal rarity, over-collecting, drought, floods, habitat destruction, heavy parasite loads or stress due to handling and data collection were responsible for the population declines. Sick and dying frogs have occasionally been encountered (Hero et al. 1998, Hero et al. in press) and it may be that the fungal disease, Chytridiomycosis, has had an impact on the population (Berger et al. 1998). Forest grazing and trampling of streamside vegetation by livestock have been identified as possible threats to the species, but there is no evidence to support this (Dadds 1999). Cane toads Bufo marinus may be able to penetrate natural habitats along roadways and utilise ponds for breeding, but there is no evidence of this occurring (Dadds 1999).

Conservation Measures
Habitat is protected within National Park. Listed as threatened in Queensland.Research and monitoring.


Barker, J., Grigg, G. C., and Tyler, M. J. (1995). A Field Guide to Australian Frogs. Surrey Beatty and Sons, New South Wales.

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 liemi: Liem's Tinker Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Sep 28, 2023.

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