Pelophryne murudensis
family: Bufonidae
Species Description: Das I 2008 Two new species of Pelophryne (Anura: Bufonidae) from Genung Murud, Sarawak (northwestern Borneo. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 56:435-443.

Frogs of Borneo account.

Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Critically Endangered (CR)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Malaysia


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is currently only known from its type locality: Gunung Murud, Sarawak, East Malaysia (northwestern Borneo), at 2,120 m asl (Das 2008). It is likely a summit specialist, known from an area smaller than 5 km2 (I. Das pers. comm. 2009).

Habitat and Ecology

It occurs in montane forests with canopies reaching about 20 m. Individuals have been found at night on the edges of forest trails, up to two metres above ground.  The tadpole remains unknown, although the species is suspected to breed in the pitchers of Nepenthes plants (Das 2008).


It is a locally common species (I. Das pers. comm. 2009).

Population Trend


Major Threats

Even though this species' type locality is within the proposed Pulong Tau National Park, it is subject to both subsistence and commercial logging. Clear-felling is also happening within parts of the proposed Park, although the type locality lies just outside the range of commercial hardwoods (I. Das pers. comm. 2009).

Conservation Actions

The species occurs within the realm of a proposed protected area, Pulong Tau National Park (I. Das pers. comm. 2009). Enforcement of the park's boundaries is needed to address logging issues within the park.

Red List Status

Critically Endangered (CR)


Listed as Critically Endangered because its extent of occurrence is less than 100 kmĀ², all individuals are in a single location, and there is a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in the Gunung Murud area due to logging activities.


Das, I. 2009. Pelophryne murudensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T159222A5320596.


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