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Taudactylus rheophilus (Northern Tinker Frog)

Wikipedia Abstract

The Northern Tinker Frog or Tinkling Frog (Taudactylus rheophilus) is a species of frog in the Myobatrachidae family. It is endemic to humid mountainous areas of north-eastern Queensland in Australia. It lives among rocks and logs at small fast-flowing streams. Adults are nocturnal. As most other members of the genus Taudactylus, this species has declined drastically and is consequently considered critically endangered by the IUCN. The reason for this decline is unclear, but likely linked to the disease Chytridiomycosis. It may also be threatened by habitat loss.
View Wikipedia Record: Taudactylus rheophilus

Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Taudactylus rheophilus

EDGE Analysis

In the early 1990s declines in populations of the northern tinker frog were so huge it was thought that the species may have been driven to extinction; surveys from 1991 to 1994 failed to find any individuals. However, later in the decade small numbers of individuals were heard calling again. The genus Taudactylus, known as torrent frogs, contains just six species, and is highly threatened with extinction; four of the species have been classified by the IUCN as Critically Endangered, one as Near Threatened, and one as Extinct. Chytrid fungus is the suspected cause of declines in the torrent frogs, and is known to have caused the extinction of two closely related species from the same part of Queensland.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 35.04
EDGE Score: 6.36
View EDGE Record: Taudactylus rheophilus


Adult Weight [1]  1.08 grams
Litter Size [1]  43
Litters / Year [1]  1
Snout to Vent Length [1]  1.181 inches (3 cm)


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Queensland tropical rain forests Australia Australasia Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests  

Protected Areas


Parasitized by 
Chilomastix caulleryi <Unverified Name>[2]
Trichomitus batrachorum <Unverified Name>[2]

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.
2Species Interactions of Australia Database, Atlas of Living Australia, Version ala-csv-2012-11-19
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Protected Areas provided by Biological Inventories of the World's Protected Areas in cooperation between the Information Center for the Environment at the University of California, Davis and numerous collaborators.
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
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