Public attention was aroused in 1989 to a world-wide phenomena involving the decline of frog species. Since then herpetologists around the world have begun to document the nature and scope of these declines. In Australia, two frog species (Rheobatrachus silus and Taudactylus diurnis) appear to have become recently extinct, other two may be facing imminent extinction (Taudactylus eungellensis, Taudactylus rheophilus) while a number of other species (including Litoria castanea, Litoria nyakalensis and Rheobatrachtus vittelinus) appear likely to become extinct in the near future In addition, various frog populations are facing local extinctions within substantial parts of their range The pattern of frog disappearances in Australia is discussed along with some of the suggested causes for these declines. Actions implemented in Australia and elsewhere to deal with declining frog species are reviewed. Developments in the management of me endangered frog species, the Green and Golden Bell Frog Litoria aurea in New South Wales are referred to.
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A. W. White; Disappearing frogs. Australian Zoologist 1 December 1995; 30 (1): 48–56. doi: https://doi.org/10.7882/AZ.1995.007
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