Can you help rediscover the Yellow Spotted Bell Frog?

Yellow spotted bell frog
26th Sep 2023

A dedicated team of frog researchers from the Australian Museum, led by Dr. Jodi Rowley, have embarked on a mission to rediscover the Yellow-Spotted Bell Frog (Litoria castanea). This unique frog is a relatively large species that can grow up to an impressive 9 cm in length. Its name is derived from the small, bright yellow patches on its groin and the back of its thighs. 
Once common around Guyra, the Yellow-Spotted Bell Frog is now listed as critically endangered and has not been seen on the New England Tablelands since the 1970s. The species decline is likely a result of infection by the amphibian chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis).  
Researchers aim to survey favoured habitats of these frogs, including ponds, swamps, lagoons, farm dams and the backwaters of slow flowing streams in the Guyra region.
They believe the greatest chance of rediscovery will be on private property and are asking local residents if they are interested in frog surveys on their properties.  
One fascinating aspect of the Yellow-Spotted Bell Frog is its distinctive call. The males of this species produce a unique chorus of short grunts, which occasionally elongate into short growls, creating a sound akin to a revving motorbike.
To aid in the search, the frog team encourage the use of the FrogID app, a free and user-friendly tool that enables you to record frog calls on your property. Your participation in this citizen science initiative may not only contribute to the rediscovery of the Yellow-Spotted Bell Frog but also offer you the exciting opportunity to encounter this extraordinary amphibian once again!

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