Sunday, March 27, 2011

Australian Lace-lid

I was very excited to find my second endangered frog for the week. I have been hoping to see this particular species, Nictimystes dayi, for a long time.

Like the Waterfall Frog, the Australian Lace-lid has declined in numbers over the past 30 years and is now reasonably rare. This species favours clean running rainforest streams, and seems to have suffered as a result of Chytrid Fungus. It is a very distinctive frog - the only Australian species to have an eyelid with distinct venation, hence the common name.

The Australian lace-lid, Nictimystes dayi

While I was photographing it, it suddenly closed its eyes to reveal the amazing lace-lids.

A close-up of the eyes with the lace-like patterns.

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