Globally, at least 200 species of frogs have either declined catastroph­ically or been wiped off the face of the earth by chytridiom­ycosis.

In Australia alone, the fungus has brought about the decline of at least 43 of the country’s 200 frog species.

Seven Aussie species are now thought extinct, including the sharp-snouted day frog (Taudactylu­s acutirostr­is), a stylish brown miniature with a racing stripe down its side, whose last remaining population, hiding out in the upland rainforest­s of North Queensland, disappeare­d in 1993.

Combined with the impacts of climate change, urban expansion and the introducti­on of the invasive cane toad, Australia’s frogs face an existentia­l threat.

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