> Leptobrachella palmata
Leptobrachella palmata (Palm Borneo frog)
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.
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)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0)
Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 17.55
EDGE Score: 5.69
Borneo lowland rain forests
Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Sites
Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 gis.wwfus.org/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