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Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Malaysia
Malaysian region distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Sabah, Sarawak
IUCN (Red List) status: Vulnerable (VU).
For photos of Leptobrachella baluensis adults and larvae and another species account, see www.frogsofborneo.org.
This species is known only from montane regions (750-1,800m asl) of northern Borneo.
Habitat and Ecology
An inhabitant of sub-montane forests (oak-chestnut and mossy forest), adults are found in the leaf-litter, and on vegetation close to streams (Malkmus et al. 2002). Breeding occurs in small, clear, rocky, mountain streams.
It appears to be relatively abundant.
The major threat to this species is loss of habitat through logging, particularly in the Trus Madi portion of the species' range. Other parts of the range are threatened by forest clearance for pine and eucalyptus plantations.
Several parks in Sabah, Malaysia, have large tracts of appropriate habitat, including Gunung Mulu, Crocker Range, and Gunung Kinabalu National Park. However, there remains a need for improved protection and maintenance of submontane forest in Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Robert Inger, Indraneil Das, Robert Stuebing, Maklarin Lakim, Paul Yambun 2004. Leptobrachella baluensis. In: IUCN 2012