Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Northern Corroboree Frog

Northern Corroboree Frog

Animal of the Month

What's so special about it?

Well, take a look! The Northern Corroboree Frog (Pseudophryne pengilleyi) has markings that resemble the paint worn by Aboriginal people during traditional Corroborees. This bold pattern serves as a warning to predators that it is toxic and best left alone.

Where can I see one?

Along with the Southern Corroboree Frog (Pseudophryne corroboree), this beautiful animal is one of Australia's most endangered species, with only a few thousand adults remaining. They survive in three key locations in southern New South Wales, with Kosciusko National Park being the only one where both species can be found. They can endure freezing temperatures in their mountain swamps, but are quickly losing the battle against climate change, feral horses and an introduced skin fungus.

Is there anything similar near Brisbane?

Red-backed Broodfrog
Red-backed Broodfrogs (Pseudophryne coriacea) are related to the Corroboree Frogs, but are less strikingly patterned. The forested mountain ranges of the Springbrook Plateau and Lamington National Park are good places to find them.

Corroboree Frog image courtesy of Australian National Botanic Gardens

Broodfrog image courtesy of Wetland Info © Harry B. Hines 1998

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