New species listed!


Have you ever heard of Mahony’s Toadlet? Probably not, given that this little frog has only recently been discovered! We’ve just helped a residents’ group from the Central Coast’s Kangy Angy to secure an emergency listing on the NSW threatened species list for this rare frog.

Not much is known about the rare Mahony’s Toadlet (or Uperoleia mahonyi). So far, it's only been found at eight sites in Myall Lakes, Port Stephens and the Central Coast.

This beautiful little creature had never been documented or formally described before and, because we still know so little about this frog, it hasn’t been given any legal protection.  Until now.

The community acts

Late last year, the Kangy Angy Residents Action Group contacted us when a local population of Mahony’s Toadlet was discovered at the site of a proposed new industrial train maintenance facility in Kangy Angy.

The development’s impact on the toadlet wasn’t assessed during the approval process for the development because the species wasn’t on the NSW threatened species list. The group saw that this was a problem, and asked for our help. 

Using science and law to protect Mahony's Toadlet

Our client engaged amphibian expert Simon Clulow, Research Scientist at the University of Newcastle to write an expert report on whether the toadlet should be listed under NSW threatened species law.*

It was clear to us from Simon’s report that the species was eligible for an interim emergency listing. So we urgently wrote to the NSW Scientific Committee to ask that the toadlet be listed, and for further investigations to be carried out so that the toadlet can be better understood and appropriately protected into the future.

The Scientific Committee agreed that Mahony’s Toadlet should be given a ‘provisional listing, on an emergency basis’ as an endangered species.

The listing is an important step in protecting the species from extinction, and a great example of our role in connecting communities, scientists and decision-makers to protect the environment. We now have a better chance of ensuring that Mahony’s Toadlet doesn’t become extinct.

You can help us continue this unique work. Please donate to our Environmental Defence Fund today.

* Simon named the frog after his mentor, Dr Michael Mahony.