Kuranda Tree Frog  |  

Litoria myola

Status: Critically Endangered on the EPBC Act list

Litoria myola (Kuranda Tree Frog) is a medium-sized stream and forest dwelling frog with a broad, flattened head and slender body. Males and females are generally a mottled pattern of tan and brown on the upper surface and pale underneath. A green crescent is present in the Litoria myola (Kuranda Tree Frog) Conservation Advice Page 2 of 10 upper iris and the back edge of the forearms and legs is fringed with small skin extensions. The skin on the back is smooth with scattered small tubercles and the skin on the belly is granular. There is considerable sexual dimorphism in size: males are 35–45 mm snout-to-vent length (SVL) and weigh 2–5 g and females are 57–69 mm SVL and weigh 9–19 g. The male call is a short, fast series of relatively soft ‘tocs’.

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Litoria myola

    Changes in droughts) 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 (DoEE 2016). 4.0 Hybridisation 4.1 Hybridisation Known The species is potentially threatened by potential hybridisation with the closely related Litoria serrata (Green eyed Tree Frog) (Richards et al. 2010).
    Improve understanding of how climate change will likely impact on the Kuranda Tree Frog due to altered temperatures; rainfall; environmental stressors and disease virulence.
    This may alter the extreme weather hydrology and breeding frequency of stream events e.g. dwelling frogs; and make them vulnerable to cyclones; being dislodged in high flows.