Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Corroboree frog fences and an ancient frog fungus

These are Northern Corroboree frogs I photographed at the Tidbinbilla visitors center. The centre has an terrarium style display with moss piles containing living breathing specimens  I have visited many times but this was the first time they presented themselves for a real photo. 

I have seen them in the wild in the Micalong swamp area west of Canberra however they probably await the same fate as their species partner the Southern Corroboree frog...

It really is dire and the following recent ABC news report shows the current efforts to save a seemingly doomed species...

"It is one of Australia's most iconic species and was once a common sight throughout the Snowy Mountains region in New South Wales. But in the past 20 years the Southern Corroboree Frog has all but disappeared."

Excellent video... Apr 29, 2013 Building a frog-proof fence http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-26/building-a-frog-proof-fence/4654424

The fungus they talk about in the video is discussed in depth in the following ABC Science article...

"The fungus suspected of killing off many of the world's frogs is from an ancient strain that has just recently escaped its niche thanks to globalisation, suggests new research"...

7 May 2013 - Ancient frog fungus spread by globalisation http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2013/05/07/3752785.htm

I just thought it important that people were aware of the little frogs plight and just how serious it is. I think it is something that people need be aware of.

For more information on the Southern Corroboree frog please visit http://www.corroboreefrog.com.au/corroboree-frog


1 comment:

  1. Not good Dave, I can't imagine being without the sound of frogs for most of the year, especially when they forecast rain!


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