What do they look like? The Eungella Tinker Frog can vary in colour and markings, ranging from orange and yellow, to brown to grey, often with black spots, stripes or other markings. They only grow to about a mere 25 mm. Their bellies are transparent and eggs are visible in a gravid female.
Where do they live? They are endemic to the Eungella national park, two hours North West of Mackay. The microhabitat of this frog is prehistoric flora created with picabeen palms and king ferns.
What do they eat? Feeding behaviours have not been reported for this species, however males have been observed moving about, possibly searching for prey, after cessation of calling.
Behaviour: The Eungella Tinker Frog has not been observed between April and August and is presumed to retreat in deep cracks and boulder piles. In summer, when active, individuals may be found in leaf-litter or under stones along water courses where ephemeral pools and soaks form. In the height of the breeding season individuals are found away from obvious rock refuges under small stones, palm fronds, surface debris and leaf-litter alongside both permanent and temporary streams. The species is regularly found away from watercourses where seepages are common.
Reproduction: Males call from hidden positions among small rock crevices, which helps amplify their call. Eggs are laid under rocks in side pools, where the larvae complete their development.
Threats: Threats include the invasion of streamside vegetation by livestock, cane toads that penetrate natural habitats using ponds for breeding, and the chytrid fungus. This fungus is an infectious disease affecting amphibians worldwide that can cause sporadic deaths in some populations, and 100 per cent mortality in others.
Conservation Status: Queensland has the highest extinction rate of frog species in Australia. The Taudactylus. genus requires the most urgent attention. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary are the first institution to have successfully kept and bred T.liemi. Their conservation status is considered to be “near threatened” however it is the only species in the Taudactylus genus that is not critically endangered or already extinct. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary hope to apply the skills and knowledge learnt from breeding T.liemi to other Tinker Frog species that are critically endangered.