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[Project name/title]
Conservation of Seychelles frogs (Sooglossidae)


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Location:
Seychelles

Project type:
Conservation

Relevant EDGE species:
Gardiner's Seychelles frog (Sooglossus gardineri)
Seychelles Palm frog (Sooglossus pipilodryas)
Seychelles frog (Sooglossus sechellensis)
Thomasset's frog (Sooglossus thomasseti)

Project members:
Justin Gerlach




Relevant species
70. Gardiner's Seychelles frog (Sooglossus gardineri) VU

This species is among the smallest frogs in the world, with adults measuring just 11 mm in length.

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70. Seychelles Palm frog (Sooglossus pipilodryas) VU

The Seychelles palm frog was described as a new species in 2002 and is only found within a tiny range on Silhouette Island.

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70. Seychelles frog (Sooglossus sechellensis) VU

Tadpoles develop on the parents back until they have metamorphosed into froglets capable of independent living.

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70. Thomasset's frog (Sooglossus thomasseti) VU

Thomasset‘s frog is the largest and rarest species in the Seychelles frog family.

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Aims
The aim of this conservation programme is to determine the conservation needs of the Seychelles sooglossids frogs and to implement the measures identified.
 
Project summary
The Seychelles frogs belonging to the family Sooglossidae (Sechellophryne gardineri, Sechellophryne pipilodryas, Sooglossus sechellensis and Sooglossus thomasseti) are restricted to high forest on the islands of Mahé and Silhouette. For several years we have been investigating the ecology and distribution of these species. They are currently considered to be threatened by habitat deterioration and are vulnerable to any future changes in their very small ranges. Silhouette populations may also be at risk from a proposed road development. NPTS is conducting research on the ecology of all four species to determine their ecological needs and how invasive plants will affect populations. An important aspect that needs to be investigated in future is how climate change will affect the species. It is suspected that the mist forest species may be at particular risk in the future.
 
Timescales
Start date: 2007
Duration: Ongoing
Project members
Dr Justin Gerlach : Scientific co-ordinator

Justin is the Scientific Co-ordinator of Nature Protection Trust of Seychelles

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Nature Protection Trust of Seychelles