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Limnonectes nitidus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA ANURA DICROGLOSSIDAE

Scientific Name: Limnonectes nitidus
Species Authority: (Smedley, 1932)
Taxonomic Notes: This species was previously thought by Berry (1975) and Kiew (1975) to include Limnonectes tweediei. However, Dring (1979), Grandison (1982) and Leong Tzi Ming (pers. comm.) consider the two forms to be distinct.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Leong Tzi Ming, Norsham Yaakob
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 extent and quality of its habitat on the Cameron Highlands and Fraser's Hills, Peninsular Malaysia.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from the Cameron Highlands and Fraser's Hills of Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia. Other records are attributable to L. tweediei (Dring 1979). The altitudinal range is 900-1,500m asl.
Countries:
Native:
Malaysia
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Population [top]

Population: It can be locally common within its small range (Leong Tzi Ming pers. comm.).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is known from montane rainforest and congregates and breeds in permanently wet seepage areas (Dring 1979; Manthey and Grossmann 1997; Chan-ard et al. 1999; Leong Tzi Ming pers. comm.).
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Development of the Cameron Highlands and Fraser's Hills for agriculture (tea and vegetables) and tourism, and plans for industrial estates, pose real threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Although montane forest in this part of Peninsular Malaysia is relatively secure in some places, there is still a need for improved protection of montane forest habitats. Surveys are needed to determine whether L. nitidus is genuinely restricted to the Cameron Highlands and the Fraser's Hills.

Citation: Leong Tzi Ming, Norsham Yaakob 2004. Limnonectes nitidus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 20 September 2014.
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