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Leptobrachium leishanense

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA ANURA MEGOPHRYIDAE

Scientific Name: Leptobrachium leishanense
Species Authority: (Liu and Hu in Hu, Zhao and Liu, 1973)
Synonym/s:
Leptobrachium leishanensis Liu & Hu, 1973
Vibrissaphora leishanensis Liu and Hu, 1973

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor/s: Zhao Ermi, Wu Guanfu
Reviewer/s: Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Justification:
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 number of mature individuals in Guizhou, China.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from only two locations at Leishan, in south-eastern Guizhou Province, China, from 800-1,800m asl.
Countries:
Native:
China
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Population [top]

Population: It is now considered to be a very rare species.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It inhabits broadleaf forests, and breeds in slow-flowing streams.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Over-collecting by local villagers for consumption is a major threat to this species, and habitat destruction and degradation due to collection of wood is also a potential threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in Leigongshan Nature Reserve, which is reported to be highly degraded, and there is clearly a need for improved management of this area. There is also a need to carefully monitor and regulate local trade in this species. All frogs, including this species, are protected in Guizhou.
Citation: Zhao Ermi, Wu Guanfu 2004. Leptobrachium leishanense. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 April 2014.
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