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Amolops larutensis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA ANURA RANIDAE

Scientific Name: Amolops larutensis
Species Authority: (Boulenger, 1899)
Taxonomic Notes: We follow Matsui and Nabhitabhata (2006) in treating most populations from Thailand, formerly included in this species, as Amolops panhai.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2014
Date Assessed: 2013-12-08
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Luedtke, J.
Contributor(s): Ming, L. & van Dijk, P.P.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Hoffman, A.
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution and presumed large population.
History:
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species inhabits the Thai-Malay Peninsula from extreme southern Thailand, to Johor State, Malaysia (Taylor 1962, Berry 1975). It is known from at least 43-1,500 m asl.
Countries:
Native:
Malaysia; Thailand
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Population [top]

Population: This is a common and abundant species. It is found in most rushing forest streams in Peninsular Malaysia, each substantial boulder has one or more A. larutensis on it and one needs to watch carefully to avoid stepping on them accidentally. It appears to have been common historically, and is still considered to be at present (Berry 1975). It is probably the most common frog in forest boulder streams all through the Thai-Malay Peninsula.

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It exclusively occurs on boulders and bedrock in and along fast-flowing, clear-water forest streams, from lowlands to highlands. Tadpoles live in the same streams, attaching themselves to rocky surfaces using their ventral suction area.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: The species is used in medical research but the numbers collected are not at a level to constitute a threat.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The tadpoles are susceptible to water pollution, in particular, sedimentation caused by logging activities. The species is used in medical research but the numbers collected are not at a level to constitute a threat. Future threats could include residential and commercial development, and pollution from domestic and industrial waste water.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It probably inhabits every significant protected area from Hala Bala to Endau-Rompin. Research is required on the species’ taxonomy, population status, life history and ecology.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2014. Amolops larutensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 30 August 2014.
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