The rare frogs of Guanaba

Tamborine Mountain’s Guanaba area is home to an amazing array of frogs. Some species are under threat and all species are in need of protection from out-of-place developments.

Often, frogs can be forgotten about in the discussion on species protection. Most people don’t realise that the beautiful cacophony of noise in the evening and into the night (or symphony depending on your point of view) is the sound of any number of frog species playing a vital role in our local ecology.

If frogs were to disappear, the silence would be overwhelming.

Pearson's Treefrog

Pearson’s Treefrog

Frogs needing protection

The 500 acres in Guanaba, under threat from an out-of-place development, is home to an array of frog species, 3 of which are recognised under the Queensland Government’s Nature Conservation Act (NCA) as endangered, threatened or vulnerable.

The same species are also recognised on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The species under threat from the development are:

Eastern Dwarf Treefrog

Eastern Dwarf Treefrog

1. Tusked Frog (Adelotus brevis): Vulnerable under the NCA. Near threatened under the IUCN Red List. Likes vegetation in rainforest waterways and wet sclerophyll areas. Population = decreasing.

2. Pearson’s Green Treefrog (Litoria pearsoniana): Endangered under the NCA. Near threatened on the IUCN Red List. Also known as the Cascade Treefrog. Likes rainforest gullies and creeks / streams. Population = decreasing.

3. Whirring Treefrog (Litoria revelata): Near-threatened under NCA. Likes waterways in sclerophyll forest and coastal swamps.

Other frogs in Tamborine Mountain’s Guanaba area

Dainty Treefrog

Dainty Treefrog

There are many other frogs in the 500 acres at risk. Here are a few the community in the area have spotted …

Dainty Treefrog (Lotoria gracilenta): Beautiful green tree frog with yellow accents.

Eastern Dwarf Treefrog (Litoria fallax): Darker green body with white belly.

Green Treefrog (Litoria caerulea): Needs no introduction.

The frogs of Guanaba are just one of the many reasons for protecting and preserving this special place on Tamborine Mountain for now and into the future. Otherwise, we’ll be left with a world of deafening silence.

Find out more information about species listed on the NCA

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