Hunt for the Gastric Brooding Frog - Zoom

Australian wildlife has often failed to match the expectations of what animals should be. We have black swans, mammals that lay eggs and earthworms that grow to nearly three metres in length.

One of the most bizarre Australian creatures of all, Rheobatrachus vitellinus (the Northern Gastric Brooding Frog), was discovered just west of Mackay in the Eungella National Park. This amazing frog laid her eggs then swallowed them and allowed them to develop within her stomach before vomiting them out as fully-formed juveniles. Even more bizarre is that the frog was discovered in January 1984 but has never been seen again since March 1985. It is another frog that is thought to have been sent to extinction by Chyrtrid fungus. 

One university researcher has not given up the species. Dr Conrad Hoskin from James Cook University is planning an expedition to the Urannah Creek west of Mackay to use modern environmental DNA detection methods to determine whether the frog still exists in this isolated waterway. In this presentation, Conrad will explain why it is thought that the Northern Gastric Brooding Frog could still exist in the streams on the western side of the Clark Range and how he plans to find them.

Our other presenter is Professor Michael Mahony, the discoverer of the Northern Gastric Brooding Frog. He will tell us more about work that has been done to try to resurrect a similar species. Researchers have transplanted the nuclear DNA of the extinct Southern Gastric Brooding Frog into the eggs of a living frog. Professor Mahony will reveal some of the exciting results that project has produced as well as the challenges that lay ahead for scientists trying to bring that unique species back from extinction. Find out more about the project in this video:

WHEN
December 16, 2020 at 5:30pm - 6:30pm
WHERE
Mackay Conservation Group Zoom
Mackay, QLD 4740
Australia
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CONTACT
Peter McCallum · · 0749530808
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Jono Hooper Graham Armstrong Esther Elder David Flack Gillian Pechey Jens Svensson Jo-Anne Bulmer Lida McCool Catherine Hines Jason Schaffer Steve Homewood garry reed Kathryn Kelly Chris Nash Ash Helder John Ramsay Beryl Turner Glenn Todd Paula Sjostedt kelly rose Carol Bailey tom mullaney Deborah Frog Safe, Inc. Susanne Graham Alex PageWalker Lavinia Wood Robert Kollin Laura Brannelly chuck rooskov Annette Cam Rebecca Webb Nichola Hungerford Annette Jaemjamrat Cecilia Villacorta-Rath Lynda Campbell Tom Cotter Nigel Parratt Jill Fechner Peter Casey Peter McCallum

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