Platymantis subterrestris 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Ceratobatrachidae

Scientific Name: Platymantis subterrestris (Taylor, 1922)
Common Name(s):
English Luzon Wrinkled Ground Frog
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2017. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA Available at:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Arvin Diesmos, Angel Alcala, Rafe Brown, Leticia Afuang, Genevieve Gee, Katie Hampson, Mae Leonida Diesmos, Aldrin Mallari, Perry Ong, Dondi Ubaldo, Baldwin Gutierrez
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, all individuals are in fewer than five locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat on Luzon in the Philippines.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is found in a few localities of the central cordilleras, on northern Luzon Island in the Philippines. It might also occur on Mount Polis and Mount Pulog. It has been recorded from 1,850-2,200m asl.
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Population [top]

Population:The number of mature frogs likely to occur at the type locality (Mount Data) falls within the range of 100-300 individuals. However, it has been found in other localities away from Mount Data in recent years, and so the total population of the species is not as small as was once thought.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It inhabits arboreal microhabitats in mossy and montane rainforests. It breeds by direct development, presumably in shrub layer vegetation.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The most important threat to this species is the continued loss of montane forests in the cordilleras due to conversion of habitat to vegetable farms, quarrying, mining of mineral resources, and real estate development. Pollution from agricultural pesticides, which are intensively used to maintain vegetable farms, is likely to be a major factor in the loss of some populations of this species from the remaining montane forests at the type locality.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Although present in several protected areas, including Pulag and Mount Data National Parks, remaining tracts of intact montane rainforest in the cordilleras require protection. The application and disposal of agricultural pesticides in the numerous vegetable farms needs to be monitored and regulated.

Citation: Arvin Diesmos, Angel Alcala, Rafe Brown, Leticia Afuang, Genevieve Gee, Katie Hampson, Mae Leonida Diesmos, Aldrin Mallari, Perry Ong, Dondi Ubaldo, Baldwin Gutierrez. 2004. Platymantis subterrestris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T17558A7140078. . Downloaded on 24 June 2018.
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