Booroolong Frog (Litoria booroolongensis) National Recovery Plan
Office of Environment and Heritage (NSW), 2012
ISBN 978 1 74232 838 6
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The booroolong frog (Litoria booroolongensis) is an obligate river-breeding frog that was historically found along streams on the western fall of the Great Dividing Range in New South Wales between 200 and 1300 metres above sea level. Several populations were also found along eastern flowing streams in the northern half of the species former range. Two populations of the booroolong frog have been recently discovered in north-eastern Victoria. This species underwent a dramatic decline during the mid 1980s, and the results of recent surveys suggest that declines have occurred throughout its former known range, particularly on the New England Tablelands.
The factors identified as contributing to the historic and continued decline of the booroolong frog include disease (chytridiomycosis) caused by infection with the amphibian chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis), habitat degradation, altered stream flows, and stream drying associated with recent severe droughts. The introduction of exotic predatory fish is also likely to have impacted on the booroolong frog in the wild, and this impact may be continuing.
This document constitutes the national recovery plan for the booroolong frog. It identifies actions to be undertaken to ensure the long-term viability of the species in nature, and current stakeholders involved in this recovery program.