Saturday, 16 July 2011

Return of the long-legged Borneo Rainbow Toad

One of The World's Top Ten Most Wanted Lost Frogs (per Conservation International) has been found alive and well after 90 years in hiding. Yes peeps, the long-legged Borneo Rainbow Toad has shown up a tree in Malaysia. And not only is it impossibly rare, it is also the best-looking toad I have ever clapped eyes on.

"The Sambas Stream Toad, or Bornean Rainbow Toad as it’s also called (Ansonia latidisca) was previously known from only three individuals, and was last seen in 1924 - the same year Vladimir Lenin died, and Greece declared itself a republic. Prior to the rediscovery, only illustrations of the mysterious and long-legged toad existed, after collection by European explorers in the 1920s." Read more here.

Here's the Most Wanted poster - keep your eyes peeled.

Toad photo credit: Indraneil Das

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