Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia
Eungella region, west of Mackay from Mt William in the north to Crediton in the south,
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).
Habitat is protected within National Park. Listed as threatened in Queensland.Research and
Barker, J., Grigg, G. C., and Tyler, M. J. (1995). A Field Guide to Australian Frogs. Surrey Beatty and Sons, New South Wales.
Written by J.-M. Hero; R. A. Alford; M. Cunningham; K. R. McDonald (m.hero AT mailbox.gu.edu.au), Griffith University
First submitted 2002-04-05
Edited by Ambika Sopory, Jean-Marc Hero (2008-09-17)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Taudactylus liemi: Liem's Tinker Frog <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/3599> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Feb 26, 2020.
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