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Alien frog invasion wreaks havoc on natural habitat, Australia

Source: unisa.edu.au

Indiscriminate feeding by an alien population of the carnivorous spotted-thighed frog – could severely affect the native biodiversity of southern Australia according to a new study by the University of South Australia.

The invasive amphibian – Litoria cyclorhyncha – which has hitchhiked across the Nullarbor from Western Australia – has now established a community of 1000-plus in Streaky Bay, South Australia, with sightings also confirmed on the Eyre Peninsula and at the Adelaide airport.

This is the first study of the spotted-thighed frog’s diet in its invaded range with the findings providing important biological information about the impact of the alien species on natural ecosystems. MORE

Header image: University of South Australia.