Sydney. In the newly discovered frog species in Australia, male birds carry frogs on their bodies. Researchers have found a 16-millimeter small animal on a hill in Wollongong National Park. It is only four of the 4,000 species of frogs known worldwide, cited by Michael Mahoney, a scientist at the University of Newcastle, quoted by South Wales’ Ministry of Environment as saying.
“Asa Vollampin” must be protected
Genetic analyzes by the University and the South Australian Museum show that it is a separate species closely related to the “ass darlingtoni” (also known as the pie or hip pocket frog). The small waterfalls in Mount Warning, which cover an area of about 2000 hectares (locally known as Mount Volampin by the natives), were named “Asa Volampin” after their location.
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Regional Environment Minister Matt Keane said the New South Wales government had taken immediate action to protect small populations. “This incredible discovery shows how little we know about the world around us,” he said.
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Its small population size makes the frog very vulnerable to the effects of climate change, Keane said. “In order to ensure the survival of this spectacular species of frog that lived at high altitudes in the cold forest, a nature conservation action plan is being developed.”
Wollamba National Park is located in the Kondwana Rainforest on the border of New South Wales and Queensland. Rainforests have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986.
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