Tiny frog discovered living close to one of Australia’s busiest airports.

Main report: New frog species found in Newcastle
(Australian Geographic)
Other Reporting: EarthTouch News, The Area News, University of Newcastle Newsroom
Scientific Paper: Zootaxa    (Plazi Treatment)
New Taxa: Uperoleia mahonyi
Common Name: Mahony's toadlet
Species named for: Michael Mahony (University of Newcastle)
Categories: Amphibians | New Species
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Discoveries of new vertebrate species are rare, but particularly so within developed areas like Newcastle, which is the second most populated area in NSW after Sydney. The new frog is tiny – it fits on a human fingertip – and it is effectively camouflaged, living well concealed under a layer of vegetation or sand, which likely contributed to it managing to evade discovery for so long.  Story includes video report.

New Australian frog species, Mahony’s Toadlet (Uperoleia mahonyi), found in Newcastle. IMAGE CREDIT: Sheena Martin

New Australian frog species, Mahony’s Toadlet (Uperoleia mahonyi), found in Newcastle. IMAGE CREDIT: Sheena Martin

The Mahony's toadlet, Uperoleia mahonyi. Image: Sheena Martin/University of Newcastle

The Mahony’s toadlet, Uperoleia mahonyi. Image: Sheena Martin/University of Newcastle

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