Meet the Northern Corroboree Frog (Pseudophryne pengilleyi)! This species is listed as endangered in the ACT and critically endangered nation-wide. It is found in montane and sub-alpine woodlands, heathlands and grasslands.
The Northern Corroboree Frog has alternating stripes of yellow-ish green and black down its back. It has yellow, black, and white blotches on its underside. Tadpoles are dark brown to black and begin to show adult colour patterning as their legs develop. Adults grow to 2.5-3cm.
Females respond to the calls of males and visit breeding areas from January to March. Here they lay 20-30 eggs in nests on land. Tadpoles move out of the nest into nearby pools of water to develop (a process called metamorphosis). Northern Corroboree Frogs have experienced declines in population due to damage to breeding sites, loss of breeding pools due to climate change, and disease caused by chytrid fungus. Chytrid fungus is the primary cause of population decline in many Australian frog species.
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