National recovery plan for Stream Frogs of South-east Queensland 2001-2005

Prepared by Harry Hines
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
and the South-east Queensland Threatened Frogs Recovery Team, 2002

Recovery Objectives and Criteria

Overall objective

To significantly improve the conservation status and long term survival of each species through protection of its habitat, and through location of additional populations or expansion of existing populations into areas currently uninhabited.

Specific objectives (2001 2005)

  1. To down list the cascade tree frog from endangered to vulnerable within five years based on IUCN (2001) criteria of population size and trends, extent of occurrence and probability of extinction.
  2. To determine whether the southern gastric-brooding frog and the southern dayfrog are extant.
  3. To secure existing populations of extant species.
  4. To investigate disease as a key threatening process.
  5. To increase the number of populations of extant species by facilitating expansion into their former range.

Recovery criteria

  1. Monitor three historical sites of the southern gastric-brooding frog and the southern dayfrog at least 10 times each, and survey at least 10km of potential stream habitat, by 2005.
  2. If populations of the southern gastric-brooding frog and the southern dayfrog are located, population densities remain at or increase above the levels at which they were originally detected.
  3. The role of disease in declines and disappearances is determined by 2005.
  4. Interim strategies to reduce the risk of spreading amphibian diseases are developed and implemented by 2001 and revised as necessary thereafter.
  5. Population densities of extant species remain at or increase above current levels at a selected subset of monitoring sites.
  6. The distribution, abundance and conservation status of each species considered in this plan is more accurately known by 2005.
  7. The cascade tree frog is down listed to vulnerable by 2005.
  8. Reports are provided annually to the recovery team on the monitoring of population health and investigations of ill and dead frogs.
  9. Captive husbandry techniques are developed for Fleay's barred-frog by 2005.
  10. A project to investigate the captive husbandry requirements of the Kroombit tinkerfrog is commenced by 2005.
  11. An assessment of the need for, and type of, experimental translocations of species in this plan is undertaken by 2002.
  12. The genetic characteristics and diversity of each species is determined.
  13. The effectiveness of current prescriptions for management of the habitat of the frogs in this plan is assessed and improved prescriptions developed.
  14. There is increased protection and enhancement of the habitat of the frogs in this plan on private land through support of and expansion of community based conservation programs that target riparian environments in the Mary, Stanley and Caboolture River catchments by 2005.
  15. Brochures, describing the species addressed in this plan and the threats to them, are developed and distributed through community groups and government agencies by 2001.
  16. Displays on the frogs in this plan are developed and made available for use by Queensland Parks and Wildlife staff and community groups by 2002.
  17. A web site is developed on the frogs covered by this plan and the causes of their declines by 2001.
  18. A field identification guide for wet forest frogs of south-east Queensland is written and published by 2001.
  19. Annual newsletter articles are prepared and distributed to recovery team members, relevant land managers and community groups.

Actions needed

Proposed tasks, which are subject to funding and staffing, are grouped under five recovery actions:

  1. Manage the recovery process.
  2. Monitor populations.
  3. Gain information required for management.
  4. Protect populations and manage habitat.
  5. Provide education and information.