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Spotted Treefrog
Litoria spenceri

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Spotted Treefrogs

The Spotted Treefrog (Litoria spenceri) is a critically endangered frog that inhabits rocky streams in the southeastern Australian states of Victoria and New South Wales. The species is only know to inhabit 19 streams, and less than 20,000 adults are thought to exist. Adults eat flies, moths, ants, and small spiders, and tadpoles eat the algae they scrape off rocks. Male frogs call to attract females and to defend their territory. Their call sounds like “kreek eek eek”.

Spotted Treefrogs are rarely found far from streams and this makes them susceptible to a waterborne chytrid fungus that has caused amphibian extinctions worldwide. Non-native brown trout (Salmo trutta) eat the Spotted Treefrog tadpoles, and gold dredging in the early 20th century may have damaged the streams the frogs depend on.

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Spotted Treefrog