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Litoria aurea

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Because of their biphasic life history, many amphibians regularly cross roads, where they risk death from vehicles. Under-road tunnels have been used to mitigate traffic mortality with varied success. However, experimental testing for tunnel efficiency has been limited. Hamer et al. (2014) tested tunnel efficiency using two species of Australian bell frogs (Litoria aurea and L. latopalmata) and one species of marsh frog (Limnodynastes peronii), tropical frogs that are known explosive breeders. They found far fewer Australian frogs entered and crossed tunnels than northern hemisphere species. The authors attributed this difference to life history and recommend more testing of installed under-road tunnels to determine their efficiency in conservation.

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