Bornean Rainbow Toad Spotted for First Time in 87 Years

July 14, 2011
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The Sambas stream toad, also known as the Bornean rainbow toad, as spent years on the Conservation International list of “Most Wanted Lost Frogs,” and many feared this colorful species was extinct. In fact, it had been so long since scientists had spotted these spindly legged creatures — 1924 was the last known sighting — that only illustrations of the toads existed. That was until June 13, 2011, when scientists spotted three Bornean rainbow toads on a night search in the remote Sarawak region.

Researchers are not revealing the exact location of the findings, other than that they are in the Penrissen mountain range, which has been explored very little over the past century. Due to the strong demand for vibrantly colored amphibians, the research team fears that the Bornean rainbow toads could become a target for poachers.

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