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  Corroboree Frog (Pseudophryne corroboree)





Corroboree Frog | Pseudophryne corroboree photo
captive Corroboree Frog at Taronga Zoo in Sydney

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CORROBOREE FROG FACTS

Description
The Corroboree Frog is a black frog with bold yellow striped markings. The word Corroboree is an Aboriginal word for a gathering or meeting where traditionally the attendees paint themselves with markings.

Habitat
The Corroboree Frog inhabits mountain and sub-alpine woodlands, heathlands and grasslands.. It breeds in shallow pools, fens, seepages, wet grassland or wet heaths

Food
small invertebrates such as ants, beetles, insect larvae and mites

Breeding
males build chamber nests within the grasses and moss. The female lays up to 38 eggs in the nest. The tadpoles develop but remain within the protective egg coat and hatch when rain causes the nest to flood after 4 to 6 months.

Range
native to a small area in the Southern Tablelands of Australia between Canberra and the Victorian border

Notes
The Corroboree Frog has suffered serious decline in numbers due to a variety of causes, such as habitat destruction from recreational four wheel drive use, development of ski resorts, feral animals, degradation of the habitat, drought, infection with the chytrid fungus which destroys the skin.

Conservation Status
The conservation status in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "critically endangered".

Classification
Class:Amphibia
Order:Anura
Family:Myobatrachidae
Genus:Pseudophryne
Species:corroboree
Common Name:Corroboree Frog

Relatives in same Genus
  Red-crowned Toadlet (P. australis)
  Bibron's Toadlet (P. bibroni)
  Red-backed Toadlet (P. coriacea)