Theloderma asperum 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Rhacophoridae

Scientific Name: Theloderma asperum
Species Authority: (Boulenger, 1886)
Ixalus asper Boulenger, 1886
Rhacophorus asperrimus Ahl, 1927
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2014. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0 (7 July 2014). Electronic Database. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA. Available at:
Taxonomic Notes: This species is sometimes confused with Philautus albopunctatus (M.W.N. Lau pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Michael Wai Neng Lau, Zhao Ermi, Peter Paul van Dijk, Leong Tzi Ming, Sushil Dutta, Sabitry Bordoloi, Mohini Mohan Borah
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from Longrui and Diwangling in Guangxi, China, and from a thin strip of forest along the border of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam States in India, to Myanmar through Thailand (Taylor, 1962), Lao People's Democratic Republic (Stuart, 1999), Viet Nam (Orlov, 1997), Peninsular Malaysia (Berry, 1975), the Cardamom Mountains of Cambodia (Ohler et al., 2002) and Sumatra, Indonesia. It occurs up to 1,400m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Cambodia; China; India; Indonesia; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Malaysia; Myanmar; Thailand; Viet Nam
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Population [top]

Population: It is rarely encountered, probably because of its cryptic lifestyle. Occasional small accumulations occur at breeding sites.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It inhabits tropical and subtropical forests. It is usually encountered on low vegetation or tree stumps but may spend most of its life in water-filled tree cavities (Orlov, 1997). It breeds in tree holes, small rainwater pools or water-filled containers.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main threat to the species is the loss of its forest habitat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The range of this species includes several protected areas.

Citation: Michael Wai Neng Lau, Zhao Ermi, Peter Paul van Dijk, Leong Tzi Ming, Sushil Dutta, Sabitry Bordoloi, Mohini Mohan Borah. 2004. Theloderma asperum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T59031A11872564. . Downloaded on 28 November 2015.
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