Elsa May Delima BARON,Mark Oliver D. MARIN,Benjo A. LOGRAMONTE and Alma B. MOHAGAN.Species Account of Anurans from the Western Slope of Mt. Kitanglad, Mindanao Island, Philippines[J].Asian Herpetological Research(AHR),2021,12(1):76-87.[doi:10.16373/j.cnki.ahr.200049]
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Species Account of Anurans from the Western Slope of Mt. Kitanglad, Mindanao Island, Philippines
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Species Account of Anurans from the Western Slope of Mt. Kitanglad, Mindanao Island, Philippines
Elsa May Delima BARON*12 Mark Oliver D. MARIN2 Benjo A. LOGRAMONTE2 and Alma B. MOHAGAN2
1 Biology, Natural Sciences, and Math Division, Arts and Sciences Department, San Pedro College, Davao City 8000, Mindanao, Philippines
2 Biology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, Central Mindanao University, Musuan, Bukidnon 8714, Mindanao, Philippines
key biodiversity area Mindanao faunal region Philippine endemic anurans upper elevation forests wildlife inventory in Mindanao
The Mt. Kitanglad Range is one of the country’s important key biodiversity sites; however, information about anuran diversity in this protected area remains depauperate. Herein we provided accounts of anuran species from high-elevation forests, in three sites of the western slope of Mt. Kitanglad range. The combined belt-transect sampling and microhabitat searches accounted for 13 species representing five families. The most represented family was Rhacophoridae with five representative species of the genus Philautus. Twelve out of the 13 species ed in the current survey are endemic. Four previously unaccounted species (Pelophryne brevipes, Pulchrana grandocula, Sanguirana mearnsi, and Philautus surrufus) were added and brought the total anurans known from Mt. Kitanglad to 26 species. Most of the species were also recorded in forested sites, suggestive of their lesser affinity to non-forested ecosystems. The additional species detected during our survey may also imply that full understanding of anuran diversity of Mt. Kitanglad remains far from complete.


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