Australian frog is rediscovered after 17 years
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
A species of treefrog that was three years from being declared extinct was found in July in the tropical northeast of Australia. A local university Ph.D. candidate, Robert Puschendorf, along with volunteer researchers stumbled upon the armoured mistfrog (Litoria lorica) while surveying a related species near Mareeba, Queensland. The researchers thought they were catching a similar torrent treefrog (Litoria nannotis), until they examined a specimen more closely.
The Associated Press reported that PCR lab results showed that the mistfrogs were not unaffected by the devastating chytridiomycosis, a pandemic disease affecting almost all frog species. Remarkably, they may actually be immune to fatal effects of the fungal infection. Puschendorf plans to publish a paper on the new findings of this Lazarus species.
- Williams, S.E. 2006. Vertebrates of the Wet Tropics Rainforests of Australia: Species Distribution and Biodiversity. pp. 237.
- "'Extinct' frogs survive devastating fungus" — , September 11, 2008
- "Australian Frog Database: Litoria lorica" — , February 23, 2005