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; Low & Booth, 2023:3]; Taudactylus diurnisa Straughan & Lee, 1966:63 [orth error used by Low & Booth, 2023:18]


Conservation Status


Last record: 1975 (d’Aguilar Range); 1978 (Blackall Range); 1979 (Conondale Range) (Low & Booth, 2023)

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



New South Wales & Queensland (coastal north-east), Australia


Biology & Ecology

"Ecology: amphibious, noctidiurnal, closed forest, (tall forest), lotic freshwater, predator; oviparous, free-living tadpole, arthropod-feeder, torrent dweller."

(Cogger et al., 1983:31)



Holotype: QM J13398 (Cogger et al., 1983:31)

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: (Accessed: Sep 24, 2011).

Cogger, Harold G., Cameron, Elizabeth E. and Cogger, Heather M. (1983). Myobatrachidae, pp. 12-34. In: Zoological Catalogue of Australia. I. Amphibia and Reptilia. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service. vi + 313 pp. [p. 31]

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

Cutajar, Timothy P., Portway, Christopher D., Gillard, Grace L. and Rowley, Jodi J. L. (2022). Australian Frog Atlas: Species’ Distribution Maps Informed by the FrogID Dataset. Technical Reports of the Australian Museum Online 36: 1-48.

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.

Farman, Roy M., Archer, Michael and Hand, Suzanne J. (2023). A geometric morphometric analysis of variation in Australianfrog ilia and taxonomic interpretations. Journal of Morphology 284(10): e21642.

Geyle, H. M., Hoskin, C. J., Bower, D. S., Catullo, R., Clulow, S., Driessen, M., Daniels, K., Garnett, S. T., Gilbert, D., & Heard, G. W. (2021). Red hot frogs: Identifying the Australian frogs most at risk of extinction. Pacific Conservation Biology 28: 211-223.

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. ( Downloaded on 24 September 2011.

Jean-Marc Hero, Sarah May, David Newell, Harry Hines, John Clarke, Ed Meyer. 2004. Taudactylus diurnus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T21530A9298760. Accessed on 18 June 2022.

Hines, H., Mahony, M. and McDonald, K. 1999. An assessment of frog declines in wet subtropical Australia. In: Campbell, A. (ed.), Declines and Disappearances of Australian Frogs, Environment Australia.

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.

Low, Tim and Booth, Carol. (2023). GONE: Australian animals extinct since the 1960s. Invasive Species Council Inc.

McEvoy, J.S., McDonald, K.R. and Searle, A.K. 1979. Mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians of the Kilcoy Shire, Queensland. Queensland Journal of Agriculture and Animal Science: 167-180.

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.

Regalado, Pedro Galán. (2015). Los Anfibios y Reptiles Extinguidos: Herpetofauna Desaparecida Desde el Año 1500. Monografías de la Universidade da Coruña 155: 1-509.

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.

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: 63-66.

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

Watson, G.F. and Martin, A.A. 1973. Life History, larval morphology and development of Australian Leptodactylid frogs. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia: 33-45.

Woinarski, John C. Z., Braby, M. F., Burbidge, A. A., Coates, D., Garnett, S. T., Fensham, R. J., Legge, S. M., McKenzie, N. L., Silcock, J L. and Murphy, B. P. (2019). Reading the black book: The number, timing, distribution and causes of listed extinctions in Australia. Biological Conservation 239: 108261.


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