Herpetology in Australia: A Diverse Discipline
An update on the decline of Queensland’s frogs
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In Queensland since 1978, seven species of frogs have disappeared and populations of another four have seriously declined. All the declines have occurred in upland rainforest and all the species live along or breed in streams. We ask the question “what is wrong with upland rainforest streams” and answer “nobody knows”. We note that 14 years elapsed from the time of the first disappearance in 1979 until intensive research began into the cause, or causes, of the declines. We ask “why” and conclude that the reasons were scepticism and a lack of interest in the plight of frogs. Finally we appeal for thought: there appears to be many clues to the solution of the problem of the declines.