The armoured mistfrog is a medium sized frog, with males reaching 33 mm in snout-to-vent (SVL) length, and females reaching 37 mm SVL. It is a uniform grey or grey-brown colour on the back, and white on the belly with peppered dark brown areas on the throat. The skin has fine bumps along the back, the upper eyelids and sides of the head. The skin on the lower surfaces is grainy along the throat, belly and backs of the thighs, but smooth elsewhere. The fingers have basal webbing, and the toes have full webbing. The tadpoles have not been described, but are probably similar to those of L. nannotis (waterfall frog), which have large suctorial mouths for adhering to rocks in fast-flowing streams. The male mating call has not been described for this species.
Armoured Mistfrog |
Status: Critically Endangered on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Litoria lorica
Climate change Increased rainfall potential Climate change is predicted to result in changes to rainfall future across northern Australia (Haylock Nicholls 2000).
Changes in hydrology and other effects of climate change (e.g. reduction in food supply) may also alter the susceptibility of frogs to the chytrid fungus; but these impacts are likely to be variable among species and sites (DotEE 2016).
Improve understanding of how climate change will likely impact the armoured mistfrog due to altered temperatures; rainfall; environmental stressors and diseases.
Australian Government, Listing Advice, Litoria lorica
Additional threats to the species may include disturbance of habitat from human activities; the introduction of feral animals competing for limited resources and preying on native species; such as Cane Toads; changes in water quality in known habitats and impacts of global warming on stream dwelling rainforest frogs (Hero 1996).