Botsford’s leaf-litter frog was only described by science in 2013.
Virtually nothing is known about this species, the larvae remain undescribed. The species occurs at higher elevations than any other leaf-litter frog and is one of only two amphibians in Vietnam that has been assessed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN.
The most immediate threat to this species is habitat degradation associated with tourism. This species is currently known from a single stream, which is polluted by garbage and waste runoff from toilets from a nearby tourist camp site. Bamboo and trees near the stream have also been harvested for fuel wood and construction and gravel from the stream bed itself has also been quarried for construction materials.
Fortunately, these threats are reversible and ZSL has been working with an international team from Australia and Vietnam to monitor this species and develop a conservation action plan which is now in the process of being implemented.
- Order: Anura
- Family: Megophryidae
- Population: Unknown
- Trend: decreasing
- Size: 29.1–32.6 mm (?)
- Weight: 2.0-3.0g
This species is only known from a single stream in Hoang Lien National park (Lao Cai Province). It has only been reported from 2,795–2,815 m elevation on Mount Fansipan, Vietnam’s highest mountain. The species could potentially occur more widely although it is currently estimated that the species occurs at a single threatened site that is only 8km².
Habitat and Ecology
Individuals have been found near a swift flowing stream.