Australian Lace-lid, Lace-eyed Tree Frog, Day's Big-eyed Treefrog  |  

Litoria dayi

Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list

This species is a small to medium sized frog growing to 50 mm in snout-to-vent length. The dorsal surface is rich-brown to orange-brown with or without scattered cream or lichen like spots and blotches, sometimes with black centers, covering it, the head or the limbs. The skin is smooth or finely granular above, coarsely granular on the lower flanks and ventral surfaces. The limbs often have faint banding or marbling and a slight fringe along the outer edges. The belly is cream-white or yellowish, with the throat and under surface of the thighs being blackish. The eyes are large and prominent with a dark brown iris. The lower eyelid is patterned with lines, veins and dots which give the frog its name. Fingers are almost completely webbed. Toe discs are usually smaller than finger discs. The tympanum is indistinct or hidden, although the tympanic annulus is usually distinct.

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Litoria dayi

    This range restriction has increased future threats such as climate change; and the potential threats such as the possible emergence of another disease or new strain of amphibian chytrid fungus (Bower et al. 2018). 2.0 Invasive species 2.1 Yellow Crazy Ants Known current Yellow crazy ants spray formic acid to (Anoplolepis subdue prey; which causes burns and gracilipes) irritates the skin and eyes of animals.
    Given that significant threats such as the amphibian chytrid fungus and climate change would likely impact the entire area virtually at once; the species can be considered to be contained in fewer than ten locations (IUCN Standards and Petitions Subcommittee 2017).
    Continuing decline may be inferred based on the likely reduction in number of individuals due to ongoing threats from the amphibian chytrid fungus and climate change.
    Improve understanding of how climate change will likely impact the Lace eyed Tree Frog due to altered temperatures; rainfall; environmental stressors and disease virulence.