SPECIES: Litoria lorica — Armoured Mist Frog

CLASSIFICATION: Critically endangered

The Armoured Mistfrog is a pint-sized species of rainforest tree frog, males measuring around 33mm and females 37mm. They are nocturnal. They have prominent eyes. They have long fingers. And they are quite the master of camouflage, blending into their rocky habitat with earthy, dark, mottled colouring to match right in. As recently as 2008, there was a distinct possibility that the species was extinct, until a confirmed sighting of the frog. They are now known from one population in Far North Queensland, restricted to just 4km of stream habitat. Threats include habitat degradation, disease and the dwindling genetic diversity, the smaller the remaining population becomes.

At FAME, we’re passionate about saving our native, smaller, lesser-known species that, without intervention, would otherwise be left to face extinction. Each and every one of our native Australian species contributes to the rich biodiversity on the continent. To lose just one of these species to extinction disrupts the balance of the ecosystem.

Partnering with the Queensland Government and James Cook University, the project aims to build a sustainable population of the Armoured Mistfrog. To find out more about this important project and to make a donation visit

Photo: Eric Vanderduys

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