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Yellow-Spotted Tree Frog

Australia

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Litoria castanea

Endangered

  • Disturbance and predation by animals
  • Habitat pollution and degradation
  • The fungal disease Chytridiomycosis

The Yellow-Spotted Tree Frog also known as Tablelands Bell Frog or New England Swamp Frog, is an aquatic tree frog species that exclusively inhabits the south eastern region of Australia.

An easy distinction of the Yellow-Spotted Tree Frog from other bell frogs is its yellow-spotted groin and thighs as well as its fully webbed toes. Other parts of its body have black, green, and gold hues.

Logging and forest clearing as well as the removal of natural vegetation and tree coverings within the surrounding areas where the Yellow-Spotted Tree Frog roams around are the main threat for its survival. It allows for the uncontrolled growth of grass species such as tussock and gorse. This limits the frog’s shelter options and makes them vulnerable to being eaten by larger animals such as cats and foxes. Grazing livestock animals can also trample the frogs or cause pollution to its natural habitat.

Pesticides and herbicides from agricultural activities affect the water quality while invasive fish species such as Redfin, Carp, and Gambusia disrupts the breeding cycle by eating eggs and tadpoles. Another suspected cause of high mortality rate is the infectious disease Chytridiomycosis which is a leading amphibian killer all over the world.