Taxonomy

Animalia Chordata Vertebrata Amphibia Anura Bufonidae Pelophryne Pelophryne lighti

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Geographic Range

This species is patchily distributed in Bohol, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao in the Philippines. It probably occurs a little more widely than current records suggest.

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Habitat

It inhabits arboreal microhabitats in riverine areas in montane and lowland forests, and is able to survive in slightly disturbed habitats. It presumably breeds in water by larval development.

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Population

It is locally common.

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Threats

The major threats to this species include the loss of lowland rainforest (as a result of agriculture and logging), and the pollution of mountain streams and rivers due to agricultural effluents and mine tailings.

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Specific Threats

  • 9.2.2 Seepage from mining
  • 9.3.2 Soil erosion, sedimentation
  • 5.3.5 Motivation Unknown/Unrecorded
  • 2.1.3 Agro-industry farming
  • 9.3.4 Type Unknown/Unrecorded
  • 2.1.1 Shifting agriculture

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Conservation Actions

This species is present in several protected areas. Conservation measures must include the regulation and proper disposal of pesticides, herbicides, and mine tailings and the protection of the remaining rainforest, especially riverine habitats and gallery forests.

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Specific Actions

  • 4.3 Awareness & communications
  • 2.3 Habitat & natural process restoration
  • 2.1 Site/area management
  • 1.1 Site/area protection

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Red List Rationale

Listed as Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat on Bohol, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao in the Philippines.

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Bibliography

  • Alcala, A.C. and Brown, W.C. 1985. Philippine Amphibians: An Illustrated Field Guide. Bookmark Press, Makati City, Philippines.
  • Frost, D.R. 1985. Amphibian Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. Allen Press and the Association of Systematic Collections, Lawrence, Kansas.
  • Inger, R.F. 1960. Notes on the toads of the genus Pelophryne. Fieldiana: Zoology: 415-418.
  • Inger, R.F. 1999. Distributions of amphibians in southern Asia and adjacent islands. In: W.E. Duellman (ed.), Patterns of Distribution of Amphibians: A Global Perspective, pp. 445-482. John Hopkins University Press.
  • Taylor, E.H. 1921. Amphibians and Turtles of the Philippine Islands. Bureau of Science Manila Publication, pp. 1-193. Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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