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We’ve got 4 native species that live in New Zealand, and we’ve lost about 3 in the last thousand years or so since humans arrived in New Zealand, so there were originally 7 native species of frogs here. They are quite unusual, they have a lot of very special characteristics that other frogs don’t have, and they’re thought to be the ancestral lineage of all modern day frogs, so they haven’t changed really since the days of the dinosaurs – they were hopping around when dinosaurs were in New Zealand as well, so they are very special frogs.

Acknowledgement: University of Waikato