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Northern tinker frog

Australia

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Taudactylus rheophilus

Endangered

  • Death from the disease chytridiomycosis caused by the chytrid fungus
  • Inbreeding within the already limited and isolated population leads to low genetic variability and susceptibility to fatal diseases and short lifespan

The Northern Tinker Frog (or Tinkling Frog) is an endemic amphibian species to the wet tropical mountaintops in Queensland, Australia, found at altitudes between 940 and 11400 metres. Its name is derived from the unique ‘tinkling’ sound it makes – similar to the hitting sound of two tiny metal pieces.

The disease Chytridiomycosis, a common fungal infection among amphibians, is a suspected culprit for the diminishing population of the Northern Tinker Frog. Population recovery is even harder especially when there’s limited options for mating partners which increases the inbreeding incidents – a factor that dilutes genetic diversity and makes them prone to life-threatening diseases.