Litoria kroombitensis (Kroombit Tree Frog ) is a small (< 45 mm snout-to-vent length (SVL)) green or greenish-brown frog with distinct, rounded finger and toe pads; a thin gold line running from naris over eye and tympanum to above forelimb; white gilding on the trailing edges of the fore- and hindlimbs; unpatterned orange posterior thighs; a gold iris; a blunt, gently rounded snout in profile; a smooth dorsum; and a mating call consisting of a short whine followed by one Litoria kroombitensis (Kroombit Tree Frog). Females are larger than males, being an average of 1.25 times the SVL of males. The overall body shape also differs, with females being rotund in body shape (body width is wider than head), whereas the male body width starts equal to head then tapers as an inverse triangle.
Kroombit Treefrog |
Status: Critically Endangered on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Litoria kroombitensis
Threats Threats to the Kroombit Tree Frog include amphibian chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis); habitat degradation by invasive species and climate change.
Feral pigs (Sus scrofa); cattle (Bos taurus) and horses (Equus caballus) are also present and cause habitat destruction and fouling of water in Kroombit Tops National Park; mainly by trampling (Hines 2012). 2.2 Climate change Known current Recent rainfall data for Kroombit Tops (temperature show a downward trend in annual totals increase; extreme over the past two decades and; with most weather events e.g. climate models projecting a drier future cyclones; droughts) climate; this trend may continue.
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 at a single location (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 the likely impacts of climate change on the Kroombit Tree Frog due to altered temperatures; rainfall; environmental stressors and diseases.