Collection, management and utilization of Anuran specimens and data for conservation

Kueh, Boon Hee and Maryati Mohamed, Datin (2005) Collection, management and utilization of Anuran specimens and data for conservation. In: International Conference on Natural Resources & Environmental Management 2005, Sarawak, Malaysia.

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Conservation of biodiversity, an imperative component of natural resources, requires systematic and extensive collection, management and utilization of specimens and data. Anurans (Amphibia: Anura) or simply frogs and toads, deserve the long overdue serious attention in conservation efforts because of its multifarious and indispensable roles in the environment. Inventory-based studies on anurans were intensified by the Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ITBC), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) since 2000. In 2000, collection was undertaken at north-eastern Tabin Wildlife Reserve, in 2001 at the vicinities of Agathis Camp, southern Maliau Basin Conservation Area as well as Trus Madi, in 2002 at Crocker Range Park and in 2003 at Pulau Banggi as well as Lower Segama. A total of 59 species of anurans representing all five families in Sabah were collected. Ten species were from Bufonidae, five species from Megophryidae, seven species from Microhylidae, 21 species from Ranidae and 16 species from Rhacophoridae. Anuran specimens were preserved and deposited at BORNEENSIS, ITBC, UMS while respective data are being digitalized into a specialized Collection Data Management System: MUSEBASE. MUSEBASE; an accommodating software to store and manage large sets of collection data in both text and multimedia formats, enables efficient data retrieval and effective data sharing globally. Anuran specimens and data properly managed are invaluable for long term scientific references, environmental education such as through ‘ITBC Frog Museum’ and innovative utilization via nature tourism (‘Anurans Tourism’), all towards conservation of biodiversity to achieve environmental sustainability in the 21st Century.

Item Type:Conference Paper (UNSPECIFIED)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Anurans, Collection, Management, Utilization, Specimens and data, Conservation
Subjects:?? QH77_T78J68 ??
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Divisions:SCHOOL > Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation
ID Code:1474
Deposited By:IR Admin
Deposited On:14 Jun 2011 14:15
Last Modified:10 Sep 2014 14:19

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