Megophrys carinense 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Megophryidae

Scientific Name: Megophrys carinense (Boulenger, 1889)
Brachytarsophrys carinense (Boulenger, 1889)
Brachytarsophrys carinensis (Boulenger, 1889) [orth. error]
Leptobrachium carinense Boulenger, 1889
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:
Taxonomic Notes: What used to be recognized as Brachytarsophrys carinense in southern China was identified as a distinct species B. platyparietus. Records from the Tay Nguyen plateau of south-central Viet Nam represent Megophys intermedia (Orlov et al. 2000)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2014-02-11
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Luedtke, J.
Contributor(s): Ohler, A. & van Dijk, P.P.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Hoffman, A.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution and presumed large population.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known from eastern Myanmar and northern, southern and western Thailand. It was originally recorded also from China but this population has now been described as a distinct species (Brachytarsophrys platyparietus). Records from the Tay Nguyen plateau of south-central Viet Nam represent B. intermedia (Orlov et al. 2000). It is generally found in hilly to steep mountainous areas above 500 m asl. It probably occurs more widely than current records suggest, especially in areas between known sites.
Countries occurrence:
Myanmar; Thailand
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):500
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Population [top]

Population:No quantitative data are available, but anecdotal information indicates that the species is uncommon to rare even in the areas where it occurs (Taylor 1962). When commissioned, collectors have had difficulty-finding animals.
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species inhabits evergreen forests. Males have been observed calling from small mountain streams. They are a stream-breeding species, and the larvae develop in water.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There are no records of the species being utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): An apparently strong tie to evergreen forest makes this species sensitive to forest degradation processes, including fires and logging. Its long larval stage requiring clear, clean streams adds a further sensitivity to pollution.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Maintaining the protected areas in the northern and western mountains of Thailand, safeguarding these from further fire and encroachment impacts, and further developing the protected areas system of eastern Myanmar are recommended for this species. Research into life history, taxonomy and population size and threats are needed.

Amended [top]

Amended reason: Was originally assessed under the genus Brachytarsophrys but is now placed under Megophrys, hence the need for this amended assessment. The text has been updated as required.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2017. Megophrys carinense (amended version of 2014 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T57537A118184853. . Downloaded on 21 April 2018.
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