Three frogs in one

Research conducted by James Cook University has discovered that the Ornate Nursery-frog is actually three separate species of frog.

The frog is found in the mountainous rainforest area of north Queensland, between approximately Townsville and Port Douglas. Researchers discovered substantial genetic differences between frog populations on the northern and southern parts of the range, and on Hinchinbrook Island.

Genetic data shows that these populations diverged millions of years ago. The results of this research contribute to understanding the unique biodiversity of north Queensland, as well as the environmental value of Hinchinbrook Island in particular.

Read more at James Cook University