Hippopotamus Hippopotamus amphibius

Hippopotamus Hippopotamus amphibius Extant (resident) Angola; Benin; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d’Ivoire; Equatorial Guinea; Eswatini; Ethiopia; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Kenya; Malawi; Mali; Mozambique; Namibia; Niger; Nigeria; Rwanda; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Somalia; South Africa; South Sudan; Sudan; Tanzania, United Republic of;Continue reading “Hippopotamus Hippopotamus amphibius”

A fascinating history of warrior turtles: from ancient myths, warships and teenage mutants

Ask anyone the identity of the world’s most famed turtles, and the answer is likely to be those legendary heroes in a half-shell, the Teenage Mutant Ninjas. Since first appearing in comic book form in 1984, the pizza-eating, nunchuk-wielding characters have shown the world the tougher side of turtles. Louise Pryke, University of Sydney PartContinue reading “A fascinating history of warrior turtles: from ancient myths, warships and teenage mutants”

Krokosua Squeaking Frog Arthroleptis krokosua

Krokosua Squeaking Frog Arthroleptis krokosua Critically endangered Ghana, Ivory Coast The Krokosua Squeaking Frog is listed as Critically Endangered because there are believed to be fewer than 250 mature individuals, with 90% of these occurring within the sub-population found in the Sui Forest Reserve. The Krokosua Squeaking Frog faces continuing decline in the number ofContinue reading “Krokosua Squeaking Frog Arthroleptis krokosua”

Bornean Rainbow Toad Ansonia latidisca

Bornean Rainbow Toad Ansonia latidisca Endangered Indonesia (Kalimantan); Malaysia (Sarawak) The Bornean Rainbow Toad lives in primary, hilly montane rainforest. Individuals are entirely arboreal, except juveniles that have been found near permanent streams. They are speculated that this species spawns in streams and have torrent-adapted tadpoles. If they are similar to other members of its genus,Continue reading “Bornean Rainbow Toad Ansonia latidisca”

Lowland Grainy Frog Kalophrynus palmatissimus

Lowland Grainy Frog Kalophrynus palmatissimus Endangered Malaysia (Peninsular Malaysia) The Lowland grainy frog occurs in lowland dipterocarp rainforests and associated bamboo stands in Malaysia (Kiew 1984, Manthey and Grossmann 1997). This species of frog cannot tolerate disturbance to their habitat (Malaysia Red List Assessment Workshop January 2018). This species breeds by larval development, and reproductionContinue reading “Lowland Grainy Frog Kalophrynus palmatissimus”

Elongated Tortoise Indotestudo elongata

Elongated Tortoise Indotestudo elongata Critically Endangered Bangladesh; Bhutan; Cambodia; India; Laos; Malaysia; Myanmar; Nepal; Thailand; Vietnam Elongated Tortoises inhabit primarily deciduous forest types (Sal, Dry Dipterocarp, Mixed Deciduous forests) with open, broken canopy allowing sufficient light for a moderate to very dense undergrowth of grasses and herbs; during the dry, leafless season animals may retreatContinue reading “Elongated Tortoise Indotestudo elongata”

Murud Black Slender Toad Ansonia vidua

Murud Black Slender Toad Ansonia vidua Critically Endangered Malaysia (Sarawak) The Murud Black Slender Toad is known from undisturbed montane mossy forest on leaves of plants a few metres away from a small stream (Hertwig et al. 2014). Listed as Critically Endangered, as a precautionary approach, because even though they may occur slightly more widely,Continue reading “Murud Black Slender Toad Ansonia vidua”

Mount Nimba Reed Frog Hyperolius nimbae

Mount Nimba Reed Frog Hyperolius nimbae Endangered Extant (resident): Côte d’Ivoire Presence Uncertain: Guinea; Liberia The Mount Nimba Reed Frog lives in clearings in lowland forest, where they call to each other at the edge of large swamps. They presumably breeds in swamps. The main threat to these frogs is the establishment of rice fieldsContinue reading “Mount Nimba Reed Frog Hyperolius nimbae”