Anuran (frog and toad) explorations of Sabah, Borneo, for conservation, and public environmental awareness

Kueh, Boon Hee and Maryati Mohamed, Datin (2008) Anuran (frog and toad) explorations of Sabah, Borneo, for conservation, and public environmental awareness. In: Amphibian Workshop, 2008, Kuala Lumpur.


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Sabah, a Malaysian State on Borneo, is a haven for anurans (frogs and toads) with 109 species (representing more than 73% of the total species in Borneo), and the degree of endemism at approximately 17%. However, it is becoming increasingly evident that localized calamities such as natural habitat destruction, alteration and fragmentation, pollutions, and introduction of exotic species, coupled with systemic catastrophes like global warming, and the potential prevalence of chytridiomycosis, are exerting pressure on local anuran species diversity and abundance. Hence, persistent and extensive inventory-based studies on anurans are much vital to substantiate feasible conservation strategies, and public environmental awareness activities towards communal participation. Since 2000, the Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ITBC) has intensified her inventory-based studies on anurans throughout Sabah. Studies at Tabin Wildlife Reserve (2000), Maliau Basin Conservation Area (2001), Crocker Range Park (2002) and Tawau Hills Park (2007) have up-dated previous inventories, and recorded new locality records. Studies at populated areas at West Coast and Kudat Divisions (2000 – 2001), Trus Madi (2001), Pulau Banggi (2003), Lower Segama (2003), Kota Kinabalu City Bird Sanctuary (2006) and Kulamba Wildlife Reserve (2006) have generated initial anuran inventories. Accumulatively, 71 species representing all five families of anurans in Sabah were recorded with ten species under Bufonidae and Microhylidae each, eight species under Megophryidae, 24 species under Ranidae, and 19 species under Rhacophoridae. Anuran specimens were deposited at BORNEENSIS, reference collection centre at ITBC, and respective data are being digitalized into MUSEBASE, Collection Data Management System used at ITBC.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anurans, Sabah, Borneo, Inventory-based studies, Conservation
Subjects: ?? QH77_T78J68 ??
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Divisions: SCHOOL > Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2011 08:35
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2017 07:15

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