Taudactylus diurnus Straughan & Lee, 1966:63

Southern day frog, Mount Glorious day frog, Mount Glorious torrent frog




Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym: Taudactylus diurnis Straughan & Lee, 1966:63 [orthographic error used by Hoser, 1991:72]


Conservation Status

Last record: 1979

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



New South Wales & Queensland, Australia


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: QM J13398

Type locality: "‘Green’s Falls, Maiala National Park, Mt Glorious, Queensland’ [27°20'S, 152°46'E], I.R. Straughan, 12 May 1965" (Ellis et al. 2017:17))


AMS R24656 to R24661 (total 6 specimens) (Shea & Sadlier, 1999:15)
QM J13399 to J133411 (total 13 specimens) (Covacevich, 1971; fide Ellis et al. 2017:17)
WA R26337 to R26341 (total: 3 males, 3 females) (Ellis et al. 2017:17; contra Shea & Sadlier, 1999:15 [n=3])

Other specimens:

The WA Museum has four non-type specimens (Ellis et al. 2017:17)

Total specimens:

Straughan & Lee (1966) mention a total of 26 males and 16 females (fide Shea & Sadlier, 1999:15)


The above information is sourced almost entirely from (Ellis et al. 2017:17)






Original scientific description:

Straughan, I. R. and Lee, A. K. (1966). A new genus and species of leptodactylid frog from Queensland. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 77(6): 63-66.


Other references:

AmphibiaWeb: Information on amphibian biology and conservation. [web application]. (2011). Berkeley, California: AmphibiaWeb. Available: https://amphibiaweb.org/. (Accessed: Sep 24, 2011).

Covacevich, J. (1971). Amphibian and reptile type-specimens in the Queensland Museum. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 16: 401-411.

Czechura, G. V. (1986). Kroombit Tops Torrent Frog Taudactylus pleione with a key to the species of Taudactylus. Queensland Naturalist 27: 68-71.

Czechura, G. V. and Ingram, G. (1990). Taudactylus diurnus and the case of the disappearing frogs. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 29: 361-365.

Ellis, Ryan J., Doughty, Paul and Roberts, J. Dale. (2017). An annotated type catalogue of the frogs (Amphibia: Anura: Limnodynastidae, Myobatrachidae, Pelodryadidae) in the collection of the Western Australian Museum. Records of the Western Australian Museum 32(1): 1-28.

Jean-Marc Hero, Sarah May, David Newell, Harry Hines, John Clarke, Ed Meyer (2004). Taudactylus diurnus. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.1. (https://www.iucnredlist.org). Downloaded on 24 September 2011.

Hoser, Raymond T. (1991). Endangered Animals of Australia. Mosman, NSW: Pierson & Co. 240 pp. [pp. 72-73]

Ingram, G. (1980). A new frog of the genus Taudactylus (Myobatrachidae) from mid-eastern Queenlsand with notes on the other species of the genus. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 20(1): 111-119.

Johnson, C.R. 1971. Thermal relations and water balance in the frog, Taudactylus diurnus, from an Australian rainforest. Australian Journal of Zoology 19: 35-39.

Liem, D. S. and Hosmer, W. (1973). Frogs of the genus Taudactylus with descriptions of two new species (Anura: Leptodactylidae). Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 16: 435-457.

Meyer, E., Hines, H. and Hero, J.-M. (2001). Southern Dayfrog, Taudactylus diurnus, pp. 36-37. Wet Forest Frogs of South-east Queensland. Gold Coast, Queensland: Griffith University.

Shea, Glenn M. and Sadlier, Ross A. (1999). A catalogue of the non-fossil amphibian and reptile type specimens in the collection of the Australian Museum: types currently, previously and purportedly present. Technical Reports of the Australian Museum 15: 1-91.

Tyler, M. J. (1997). The Action Plan for Australian Frogs. Wildlife Australia, Canberra.




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