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Kroombit Tinker Frog

Australia

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Taudactylus pleione

Endangered

  • Death from the disease chytridiomycosis caused by the chytrid fungus
  • Isolated and restricted distribution of the species
  • Predation from animals

The Kroombit Tinker Frog, an endemic frog species to Queensland, Australia, only grows up to 25mm in length, breeds during rainfalls, and makes a distinctive call similar to a metallic ‘tink’.

This highly cryptic and elusive amphibian species characterised by dark grey, black, and brown specks all over the body is skilled at using markings and colouration to blend in with its natural environment, mainly to protect itself from predators.

It has strong resistance against extreme temperatures as it can be found sheltering in boulder scree gullies and piccabeen palm rainforests more than 500 metres in altitude.

Because Kroombit Tinker Frog are excellent in camouflaging and keeping itself always hidden, it is the very same reason that makes population growth such a challenge. Its isolated and difficult-to-reach habitat is not that exposed to man-made disruptions which is why scientists believe that its declining numbers is attributed to the fungal disease chytridiomycosis or falling prey to wild animals in its surrounding areas.