Babina subaspera


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Babina subaspera
Species Authority: (Barbour, 1908)
Rana subaspera Barbour, 1908

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Yoshio Kaneko, Masafumi Matsui
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Endangered, because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 500 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.
1996 Vulnerable
1994 Vulnerable (Groombridge 1994)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the Amamioshima and Kakeromajima Islands of the central Ryukyus in Japan.
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Population [top]

Population: There is no information on the population status of this species.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It inhabits primary, or well-recovered secondary, broad-leaved evergreen forest, breeding by larval development in small pools on forest trails and muddy riverbeds.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Recent deforestation on Amamioshima, along with road construction in mountainous areas, has been severely impacting the quality of the habitat of the species. Other threats include predation by introduced mongoose and development of rivers.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is unclear whether it occurs in any protected areas, though there is clearly a need for improved protection of forest habitats in the Ryukyus.

Citation: Yoshio Kaneko, Masafumi Matsui 2004. Babina subaspera. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 29 March 2015.
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