Philautus tectus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Philautus tectus
Species Authority: Dring, 1987
Common Name(s):
English Obscure Bush Frog, Gunung Mulu Bubble-nest Frog

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Robert Inger, Djoko Iskandar, Indraneil Das, Robert Stuebing, Maklarin Lakim, Paul Yambun, Mumpuni
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is probably less than 20,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat on northern Borneo.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known only from scattered localities in north-western and western Borneo (Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam). It is present at elevations below 700m asl.
Brunei Darussalam; Malaysia
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Population [top]

Population: In general, only a few individuals have been seen at any one locality. It is considered common in Ulu Temburong National Park, Brunei.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It has been found in a variety of lowland rainforest environments. Most individuals have been seen on low shrubs. Breeding takes place by direct development.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threat is logging of the lowland forest habitat, and much of its habitat has already been lost.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is known from Gunung Mulu National Park, Lanjak Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary (in Malaysia), and Ulu Temburong National Park (in Brunei). Continued effective protection of areas of lowland rainforest is essential for the species' conservation.

Bibliography [top]

Dring, J.C.M. 1987. Bornean treefrogs of the genus Philautus (Rhacophoridae). Amphibia-Reptilia: 19-47.

IUCN. 2004. 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 23 November 2004.

Citation: Robert Inger, Djoko Iskandar, Indraneil Das, Robert Stuebing, Maklarin Lakim, Paul Yambun, Mumpuni 2004. Philautus tectus. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 02 September 2015.
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