Raver Frog Watch

Andrew Sullivan —  Jul 15 2011 @ 5:24pm


by Zoë Pollock

The Sambas stream toad (aka the Borneo rainbow toad) was recently rediscovered:

The spindly-legged species was last seen in 1924 and European explorers in Borneo only made monochrome illustrations of it. A decade or so later, the [Conservation International] and the SSC Amphibian Specialist Group added the species to its World’s Top 10 Most Wanted Lost Frogs campaign.

It was found in the nearby area of Western Sarawak.

(Photo: Body in lateral view of adult female Borneo Rainbow Toad, also referred to as Sambas Stream Toad (Ansonia latidisca); approximately 51 mm. in length. © Indraneil Das. Courtesty of Conservation International, which has a press release on the frog's reappearance here.)