OTHER NAME

Busuanga jungle toad.

TAXONOMY

Barbourula busuangensis Taylor and Noble, 1924, Philippines. No subspecies acknowledged.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Barbourulas have cryptic shade patterns that assist them mix in with their environment. Usually these are drab colours, similar to olive and brown, with some darker markings. Their arms and ft are totally webbed, which is an adaptation for a extremely aquatic life-style.

DISTRIBUTION

The species happens within the Busuanga and Palawan islands of the Philippines.

HABITAT

These frogs typically are present in water in mountains, the place they like streams and shallow swimming pools, notably these with stones and rocks. They typically are discovered under rocks or in rocky crevices shut to the sting of the water.

BEHAVIOR

They are extremely secretive and spend most of their time hiding beneath rocks in streams. For this purpose, little extra is understood about their conduct.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Presumably, they actively forage for a wide range of aquatic invertebrates, together with bugs. They additionally could include terrestrial invertebrates of their food regimen.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Although little is understood in regards to the biology of barbourulas, it appears that evidently females lay about 80 massive eggs and place them beneath stones in streams.

CONSERVATION STATUS

The IUCN lists this species as Vulnerable. Because these frogs are delicate to water high quality, air pollution of streams on Busuanga severely limits the quantity of obtainable habitat. Therefore, they're threatened and certain topic to extinction.

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