litoria fallax in Vic?

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Tine
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litoria fallax in Vic?

Postby Tine » Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:21 pm

I was just looking at the species list for Yarra and the Dandenong Ranges and it included Litoria fallax. Although the distribution map doesn't appear to show it's range extending to Victoria. Can you please clarify this?

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Postby David De Angelis » Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:43 pm

Hi Tine,

Before I answer your post, a big thankyou to Chris Key for recently restoring me to the forum after I forgot my password and had a new one sent to a deactivated email account! :roll:

Is good to be back... despite the spammer epidemic!

Re fallax, they happen to be the only interstate frog to have established viable populations in Victoria through (deliberate or accidental) introductions - first noticed in 1999: http://www.fncv.org.au/vicnat/v117_2.htm#gillespie

It remains to be seen what, if any, significant impacts they might have on local frogs, although have been implicated in spreading chytrid fungus and I've heard at least one anecdotal report of fallax potentially displacing other species in a wetland east of Melbourne.

Also have a look at the following thread: http://frogs.org.au/community/viewtopic ... c9dda35660

Cheers,
David.


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