Taudactylus eungellensis Liem and Hosmer, 1973:455

Eungella day frog, Eungella torrent frog



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record was 1987 before rediscovery in 1992.

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered



Queensland (coastal), 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 J22433 (Cogger et al., 1983:31)


At least 25 other specimens exist in museum collections worldwide:

AMNH 87893
AMNH 87894
AMNH 111123
AMNH 111124
AMNH 111125
AMNH 111126
FMNH 191805
FMNH 191806
FMNH 191807
FMNH 191808
FMNH 225646
FMNH 225647
FMNH 225648
FMNH 225649
FMNH 225650
FMNH 225651
FMNH 225653
FMNH 225654
FMNH 226250
FMNH 228028
KU KUH 175524
MCZ A-100720
MCZ A-100721
MCZ A-100722
MCZ A-100723

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Original scientific description:

Liem, D.S. and Hosmer, W. (1973). Frogs of the genus Taudactylus with description of two new species (Anura: Leptodactylidae). Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 16(3): 435-457.


Other references:

AmphibiaWeb: Information on amphibian biology and conservation. [web application]. (2013). Berkeley, California: AmphibiaWeb. Available: (Accessed: Feb 10, 2013).

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]

Curtis, Lee K., Dennis, Andrew J., McDonald, Keith R., Kyne, Peter M. and Debus, Stephen J. S. (eds.). Queensland's Threatened Animals. Collingwood, Victoria: CSIRO Publishing. xv + 449 pp.

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.

Dadds, B. (1999). Taudactylus eungellensis, Eungella Torrent Frog. Queensland Department of Natural Resources.

Department of the Environment. (2015). Taudactylus eungellensis in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed Tue, 27 Jan 2015 02:17:21 +1100.

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, Hayley M. et al. (2022). Red hot frogs: identifying the Australian frogs most at risk of extinction. Pacific Conservation Biology.

Jean-Marc Hero, Richard Retallick, Keith McDonald, Ross Alford, Michael Cunningham, John Clarke. (2004). Taudactylus eungellensis. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.1. ( Downloaded on 24 September 2011.

Hoser, Raymond T. (1991). Endangered Animals of Australia. Mosman, NSW: Pierson & Co. 240 pp. [pp. 74]

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

Meyer, E. A., Hines, H. B., Clarke, J. M. and Hoskin, C. J. (2020). An update on the status of wet forest stream-dwelling frogs of the Eungella region. The Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 125: 97-115. [Abstract]

McNellie, M. and Hero, J,-M. (1994). Mission amphibian: the search for the missing rainforest frogs of Eungella. Wildlife Australia: 22-23.

Oke, C.S. (1996). Towards Conservation Priorities for the Threatened Stream Dwelling Frog Taudactylus eungellensis Using Mitochondrial DNA (MTDNA) Sequence Data. LaTrobe University, Melbourne.

Retallick, R. (1998). Population Monitoring of Stream Dwelling Frogs at Eungella National Park. Final Report submitted to EA/QPWS.

Retallick, Richard W. R. and Hero, Jean-Marc. (1998). The tadpoles of Taudactylus eungellensis and T. liemi and a key to the stream-dwelling tadpoles of the Eungella rainforest in east-central Queensland, Australia. Journal of Herpetology 32(2): 304-309.

Retallick, Richard W. R., Hero, Jean-Marc, and Alford, R.A. (1997). Adult population monitoring and larval ecology of the stream-dwelling frogs at Eungella National Park. Final report submitted to ANCA/QDOE, February 1997.

Scheffers, Brett R., Yong, Ding Li, Harris, J. Berton C., Giam, Xingli and Sodhi, Navjot S. (2011). The world’s rediscovered species: back from the brink? PLoS ONE 6(7): e22531. [Supporting Information (Table S1)]

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

Winter, J. and McDonald, K. (1986). 'Eungella, the land of cloud.' Australian Natural History 22(1): 39-43.


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