Seychelles palm frog
|Seychelles palm frog|
(Gerlach and Willi, 2002)
Sooglossus pipilodryas Gerlach and Willi, 2002
The Seychelles palm frog (Sechellophryne pipilodryas) is a species of frog that is endemic to Silhouette Island in the Seychelles. It is closely related to Gardiner's frog, Sechellophryne gardineri.
The Seychelles palm frog inhabits forests higher than 150 m (490 ft) above sea level and is closely associated with the palm Phoenicophorium borsigianum (another Seychelles endemic); most individuals are found in axils of the palm. It is the most arboreal of the Sooglossidae. As a result, the palm frog is the most recent species of the family to have been discovered (in 2000).
IUCN has reassessed the species in 2012 and concluded that Seychelles palm frog should be considered as "Critically Endangered" because of its small area of occupancy (about 7 km²), decline in population size, and threats to its habitat. Its earlier (2004) classification was only "Vulnerable".
- IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (2013). "Sechellophryne pipilodryas". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
- Gerlach, J.; Willi, J. (2002). "A new species of Sooglossus frog (Sooglossidae)". Amphibia-Reptilia. 23 (4): 445–498. doi:10.1163/15685380260462356.
- Frost, Darrel R. (2013). "Sechellophryne pipilodryas (Gerlach and Willi, 2003)". Amphibian Species of the World 5.6, an Online Reference. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
- Stuart, Simon N.; Michael Hoffmann; Janice S. Chanson; Neil A. Cox; Richard J. Berridge; Pavithra Ramani; Bruce E. Young, eds. (2008). Threatened Amphibians of the World. Lynx Edicions, IUCN, Conservation International.
- Monitoring and research into the amphibians and reptiles of Seychelles
- Image of the Seychelles palm frog
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