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Leptobrachella palmata (Palm Borneo frog)

Wikipedia Abstract

Leptobrachella palmata is a species of amphibian in the Megophryidae family. It is endemic to Borneo, and only known from its type locality in Lipaso Forest Reserve, Sabah, Malaysia. It has not been found in the nearby Gunung Mulu National Park, despite many surveys there.Its natural habitats are tropical moist lowland forests and rivers. It is threatened by habitat loss.
View Wikipedia Record: Leptobrachella palmata

Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Leptobrachella palmata

EDGE Analysis

The palm Borneo frog is a very small species, only 14-17 mm long. It is closely associated with clear, rocky hill streams in mid-elevation rainforest, and is thought to have highly stream-adapted tadpoles with long muscular tails that live in the fastest flowing areas of the stream. A high degree of toe webbing suggests that this species may be more stream-affiliated than its close relatives, which tend to roam widely around the forest. It is enigmatic and rare, having only been collected once in 1991, and so has been little-studied. The main threat to the species is habitat loss, since it occurs in a lowland forest type that is being rapidly logged.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 17.55
EDGE Score: 5.69
View EDGE Record: Leptobrachella palmata


Litters / Year [1]  1
Snout to Vent Length [1]  0.7 inches (1.68 cm)


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Borneo lowland rain forests Indonesia, Malaysia Indo-Malayan Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Lipaso Protection Forest Reserve 9561 Sabah, Malaysia  

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Sites

Name  Location   Map   Climate   Land Use 
Lipaso Protection Forest Reserve Malaysia

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Sundaland Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand Yes

Range Map



Attributes / relations provided by
1Oliveira, Brunno Freire; São-Pedro, Vinícius Avelar; Santos-Barrera, Georgina; Penone, Caterina; C. Costa, Gabriel. (2017) AmphiBIO, a global database for amphibian ecological traits. Sci. Data.
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Protected Areas provided by Le Saout, S., Hoffmann, M., Shi, Y., Hughes, A., Bernard, C., Brooks, T.M., Bertzky, B., Butchart, S.H.M., Stuart, S.N., Badman, T. & Rodrigues, A.S.L. (2013) Protected areas and effective biodiversity conservation. Science, 342, 803–805
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
AZE sites provided by Alliance for Zero Extinction (2010). 2010 AZE Update.
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