Southern Corroboree Frog Pseudophryne corroboree and Northern Corroboree Frog Pseudophryne pengilleyi National Recovery Plan
Office of Environment and Heritage (NSW), 2012
ISBN 978 1 74232 839 3
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Corroboree frogs are distinctive, and are among Australia's most iconic frogs because of their striking colour patterns consisting of bright yellow or green longitudinal stripes alternating with black stripes. The range of the southern corroboree frog is restricted to the Snowy Mountains Regions of Kosciuszko National Park in New South Wales, while the northern corroboree frog occurs in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory within Kosciuszko National Park, Bondo State Forest, Micalong State Forest, Wee Jasper State Forest, Namadgi National Park, Brindabella National Park and Bimberi Nature Reserve. Since the mid 1980s, both corroboree frog species have been in decline, with the southern corroboree frog and Brindabella Range populations of the northern corroboree frog likely to become extinct in the wild within the next ten years if recovery efforts are unsuccessful.
The primary cause of this decline is a disease known as chytridiomycosis, which is caused by infection with the amphibian chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis). Chytridiomycosis is the primary cause of decline for many Australian frog species, and has been listed as a key threatening process at both a state and national level. Other factors that have historically or continue to impact on corroboree frogs include; climate change, weed invasion, loss and degradation of habitat associated with forestry activities, historic cattle grazing, and feral pigs and horses.
This document constitutes the national recovery plan for the southern corroboree frog (Pseudophryne corroboree) and northern corroboree frog (Pseudophryne pengilleyi). It identifies actions to be undertaken to ensure the long-term viability of both species in nature, and current stakeholders involved in their recovery. This is the first national recovery plan for the northern corroboree frog and the second for the southern corroboree frog.