Asian Black-spined Toads (Duttaphrynus melanostictus) in Australia
An invasion worth avoiding
Keywords:Australia, Biosecurity incursions, Exotic amphibian, Stowaways
With increasing numbers of Asian Black-spined Toads (Duttaphrynus melanostictus) found at Australian seaports and airports since 1999, this species could become Australia’s second invasive toad. Introductions of D. melanostictus have already occurred in other countries, with inadvertent stowaways the principal cause. Three recent incursions have been documented in suburban areas of Sydney and Melbourne.
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