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Philoria frosti (Baw Baw Frog)

Wikipedia Abstract

The Baw Baw frog (Philoria frosti) is a critically endangered species of Australian frog as categorised on the IUCN Red List and listed under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act (1988).
View Wikipedia Record: Philoria frosti

Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Philoria frosti

EDGE Analysis

The Baw Baw frog is only found in sub-alpine wet heathland and in gullies within montane vegetation at high altitudes on the Baw Baw Plateau. It breeds between September and December, when males may be heard calling for mates around special breeding sites. Females possess specially modified fingers, which they use to whip the mucous that surrounds their eggs into a protective foam nest. Adult frogs remain inactive during the cold months before the breeding season, sheltering in refuges. Numbers of individuals have drastically declined from over 10,000 in the 1980s to just 250 individuals in the 2000s. The cause of this decline is enigmatic, although possibilities include climate change and diseases, such as chytridiomycosis.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 32.23
EDGE Score: 6.28
View EDGE Record: Philoria frosti


Adult Weight [1]  14.5 grams
Female Maturity [1]  3 years 6 months
Male Maturity [1]  3 years 6 months
Litter Size [1]  118
Litters / Year [1]  1
Maximum Longevity [1]  14 years 6 months
Snout to Vent Length [1]  2.063 inches (5.24 cm)


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Australian Alps montane grasslands Australia Australasia Montane Grasslands and Shrublands
Southeast Australia temperate forests Australia Australasia Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Baw Baw National Park II 33433 Victoria, Australia  

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Sites

Name  Location   Map   Climate   Land Use 
Baw-Baw National Park Australia

Range Map


External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Oliveira, Brunno Freire; São-Pedro, Vinícius Avelar; Santos-Barrera, Georgina; Penone, Caterina; C. Costa, Gabriel. (2017) AmphiBIO, a global database for amphibian ecological traits. Sci. Data.
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Protected Areas provided by Le Saout, S., Hoffmann, M., Shi, Y., Hughes, A., Bernard, C., Brooks, T.M., Bertzky, B., Butchart, S.H.M., Stuart, S.N., Badman, T. & Rodrigues, A.S.L. (2013) Protected areas and effective biodiversity conservation. Science, 342, 803–805
AZE sites provided by Alliance for Zero Extinction (2010). 2010 AZE Update.
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