Rhacophorus exechopygus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Rhacophoridae

Scientific Name: Rhacophorus exechopygus
Species Authority: Inger, Orlov and Darevsky, 1999
Common Name(s):
English Spinybottom Tree Frog
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2015. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. New York, USA. Available at:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Peter Paul van Dijk, Nguyen Quang Truong, Tanya Chan-ard
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Vulnerable because its Area of Occupancy is less than 2,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known from Tram Lap, An Khe district, in Gia Lai Province and Ngoc Linh mountain, in Quang Nam Province, both on the Kon Tum Plateau of southern Viet Nam (Inger, Orlov and Darevsky 1999), and from the Annamite mountains of southern Lao People's Democratic Republic (Stuart 1999). It has been recorded between 800 and 1,400m asl. It has only a small area of occupancy within its overall range due to limited suitable habitat.
Countries occurrence:
Lao People's Democratic Republic; Viet Nam
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Population [top]

Population:It was observed to be common during the breeding season (T. Nguyen pers. comm.).
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is found on vegetation on swampy banks of forest streams in undisturbed, wet evergreen rainforest. It is a stream-breeding amphibian.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Forest degradation is an issue at the type locality (Inger, Orlov and Darevsky 1999) and generally throughout the Kon Tum Plateau, mainly due to agriculture, logging, and human settlement.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: In Lao People's Democratic Republic this species is known from Xe Sap National Biodiversity Conservation Area. There is a need for improved protection of forest habitat on the Kon Tum plateau.

Citation: Peter Paul van Dijk, Nguyen Quang Truong, Tanya Chan-ard. 2004. Rhacophorus exechopygus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58993A11856624. . Downloaded on 27 October 2016.
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