Prepared by Harry Hines
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
and the South-east Queensland Threatened Frogs Recovery Team, 2002
This document is a five-year multi-species plan for the recovery of seven threatened stream frogs of south-east Queensland. The southern dayfrog and southern gastric-brooding frog declined and disappeared in the late 1970s to early 1980s. They have not been located since then, despite considerable survey effort. All other species are reported to have undergone population declines, although these are sometimes poorly quantified. One of these species, the cascade tree frog, declined markedly in Queensland in the late 1970s early 1980s. However, numbers have since shown some recovery.
As the causes of the declines and disappearances are unknown, ongoing monitoring of key sites and investigations into the causes of declines are essential actions in the plan. These activities are central to the development of effective threat abatement measures and ultimately species recovery.
This recovery plan details the decline, possible threats, and current and proposed monitoring, research and management actions required for recovery of these species. The estimated total cost of implementing this plan is $1.3 million and involves the co-operative efforts of community groups, researchers, land managers and funding agencies.