Southern corroboree frog (Pseudophryne corroboree) - endangered species listing

The Scientific Committee, established by the Threatened Species Conservation Act has made a Final Determination to list Pseudophryne corroboree Moore, 1953 Southern Corroboree Frog as an ENDANGERED SPECIES on Part 1 of Schedule 1 of the Threatened Species Conservation Act. Any submissions received following advertisement of the Preliminary Determination have been considered by the Scientific Committee.

This Determination has been superseded by the 2009 Determination (Critically endangered species listing).

NSW Scientific Committee - final determination

The Scientific Committee has found that:

1. Pseudophryne corroboree has an extremely limited known distribution, entirely within Kosciusko National Park.

2. Pseudophryne corroboree utilises two distinct habitat types: a breeding season habitat associated with pools and seepages in Sphagnum bogs, wet tussock grasslands and wet heath, and a terrestrial non-breeding habitat in forest, sub-alpine woodland and tall heath adjacent to the breeding area.

3. The species has undergone a significant decline in abundance and is now either extinct, or in very reduced numbers, at some sites. A total number of 89 calling males were recorded in the 1995 survey compared to an estimated 1000 in 1985. Of sixteen sites supporting Pseudophryne corroboree in 1986, only four had records for the species in 1996.

4. In view of 3 (above) the Scientific Committee is of the opinion that the species is in imminent danger of extinction.

Dr C Dickman
Scientific Committee

Gazetted: 15/11/96