Two new frogs were discovered in the Philippines last November
The discovery of these still un-named frogs on the island of Leyte – both in the Platymantis genus – are being seen as an indication that the Philippines is still a global biodiversity hotspot and should not be written off simply because of the typically high levels of deforestation.
In fact, the resiliency of the local biodiversity was substantiated this month by the sighting of a Dinagat bushy-tailed cloud rat (Crateromys australis) on the Philippine island of Dinagat, close to Leyte Island. This critically endangered rodent, despite being around 50-60cms in length, had not been spotted for almost forty years and many were worried that it might be extinct. Researchers managed to capture it on video.
Some 36 new species of plants and animals have been discovered in the Philippines in the last decade. During last year’s survey which identified the new frogs, researchers found hundreds of other species, including over 220 plants ( 31 endemic), over 60 reptiles and amphibians (mostly endemic), 112 birds (41 endemic) and 36 mammal species (17 endemic). The survey also recorded 10 critically endangered species and 20 more listed as vulnerable by the IUCN Red List.