National Recovery Plan for the Southern Bell Frog Litoria raniformis

Victorian Government Department of Sustainability and Environment, 2012

ISBN: 1 74152 464 4

Summary

Concern about the decline of amphibians around the world has been increasing for more than a decade. The Southern Bell Frog Litoria raniformis is one such declining species. Once one of the most common frogs in many parts of south-eastern Australia, the range of this species has declined markedly, and loss of populations has resulted in a fragmented, disjunct distribution. The Southern Bell Frog is listed as Vulnerable under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). It is also listed as Endangered in New South Wales (Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995), Vulnerable in South Australia (National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972) and Tasmania (Threatened Species Protection Act 1995), and Threatened in Victoria (Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988). Current threats include habitat loss and degradation, barriers to movement, predation, disease and exposure to biocides. This Recovery Plan summarises current knowledge of the Southern Bell Frog, documents the research and management actions undertaken to date, and identifies the actions required and organisations responsible to ensure the ongoing viability of the species in the wild.