Thursday, 14 July 2011
Rainbow Toad - Rediscovered!
"To see the first pictures of a species that has been lost for almost 90 years defies belief”
Dr Robin Moore
A colourful, spindly-legged toad that was believed to be extinct has been rediscovered in the forests of Borneo.
Scientists from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) found three of the missing long-legged Borneo rainbow toads up a tree during a night time search. The team had spent months scouring remote mountain forests for the species.
Prior to the above photograph only illustrations of the toad had existed. These were drawn from specimens that were collected by European explorers in the 1920s and the toad hasn't been seen since 1924!
Conservation International, which launched its Global Search for Lost Amphibians in 2010, had listed the toad as one of the "world's top 10 most wanted frogs".