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 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.
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.