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Australian Mountain Mist Frog officially extinct

Australia has one of the highest rates of species decline in the developed world. Experts say political action must be taken without delay, including introducing tougher environmental laws and increasing investment in habitat protection and restoration.

The mountain frog has been declared extinct on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.

The frog was last seen in Australia in April 1990. Experts believe this species was wiped out by chytrid fungus, a skin-attacking disease that has inflicted severe damage on amphibian populations around the world . However, scientists do not exclude a human factor: the rise in temperatures caused by the greenhouse effect has reduced the frog’s natural habitat.

The frog has been most commonly seen near Thornton Peak, northwest of Cairns. It reached almost six centimeters in length and was usually gray or gray-brown.

While the Australian government lists the species as critically endangered, the IUCN has changed its status to extinct. Scientists point to the fact that the cloud frog has been searched for over the past two decades, but to no avail.

“Many have declined significantly and sadly this little guy seems to have disappeared. It’s terribly sad. He’s been wanted for the last 25 years so it’s unlikely he’s still out there,” said Dr Jodi Rowley, frog biologist at the Australian Museum and the University of New South Wales.

However, Dr Rowley insists it is important not to give up hope as there are around 40 species of frog listed as threatened in Australia., and measures must be taken to secure them.

Some experts believe the Australian government is not doing enough, as the country has one of the highest rates of species decline in the developed world. Despite this, they agree Canberra is heading in the right direction.

“We know what is causing this crisis: habitat destruction, invasive species and climate change. We know the solutions to the crisis: tougher environmental laws, stronger climate action and increased investment in habitat protection and restoration,” said Jess Abrahams, a nature activist at Australian Conservation. Foundation.

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