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Near threatened

The criteria for declaring a species as near threatened are if:

  • the population size or distribution of the wildlife is small and may become smaller; or
  • the population size of the wildlife has declined, or is likely to decline, at a rate higher than the usual rate for population changes for the wildlife; or
  • the survival of the wildlife in the wild is affected to an extent that the wildlife is in danger of becoming vulnerable.

Native wildlife may be prescribed as near threatened wildlife even if the wildlife is the subject of a threatening process.

The Governor in Council may classify a species as near threatened by amending the Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulations 2006 where the above criteria under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NCA) have been met.

View a list of near threatened animals and plants in Queensland.

Amphibians (5 species)

Common name

Scientific name

Cooloola sedgefrog

Litoria cooloolensis

Eungella tinkerfrog

Taudactylus liemi

Long snouted treefrog

Litoria longirostris

Rattling nurseryfrog

Cophixalus hosmeri

Tapping nurseryfrog

Cophixalus aenigma

Birds (5 species)

Common name

Scientific name

Albert's lyrebird

Menura alberti

Blue-faced parrot-finch

Erythrura trichroa

Grey grasswren (Lake Eyre Basin)

Amytornis barbatus diamantina

Rufous owl

(Cape York subspecies)

Ninox rufa meesi

Rusty grasswren

Amytornis rowleyi

Fish (1 species)

Common name Scientific name
Estuary stingray Hemitrygon fluviorum

Mammals (6 species)

Common name

Scientific name

Bennett's tree-kangaroo

Dendrolagus bennettianus

Chestnut dunnart

Sminthopsis archeri

Coastal sheathtail bat

Taphozous australis

Common wombat

Vombatus ursinus

Diadem leaf-nosed bat

Hipposideros diadema reginae

Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo

 Dendrolagus lumholtzi

Reptiles (14 species)

Common name

Scientific name

Striped blind snake

Anilios silvia


Aspidites ramsayi

Capricorn ctenotus

Ctenotus capricorni

Schevill's ctenotus 

Ctenotus schevilli

Atherton delma 

Delma mitella

Littoral whiptail-skink

Emoia atrocostata atrocostata

Diamond head turtle

Emydura subglobosa worrelli

Bunya Mountains skink

Lampropholis colossus

Saxicoline sunskink

Lampropholis mirabilis

Slender chained gecko

Lepidodactylus pumilus

Chillagoe litter-skink

Lygisaurus rococo

Green python

Morelia viridis

Golden-tailed gecko

Strophurus taenicauda

Emerald monitor

Varanus prasinus


The complete list of near threatened plants can be found in the Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulation 2006.

Further information

Last updated
17 May 2019