Platymantis biak

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Platymantis biak
NT (IUCN3.1Q)[1]
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Genus: Platymantis
P. biak
Binomial name
Platymantis biak
(Siler, Diesmos, Linkem, Diesmos, and Brown, 2010)
  • Platymantis biak Siler, Diesmos, Linkem, Diesmos, and Brown, 2010
  • Platymantis (Lahatnanguri) biak Brown, Siler, Richards, Diesmos, and Cannatella, 2015

The Luzon limestone forest frog (Platymantis biak) is a frog. It lives in the Philippines on Luzon Island. Scientists have seen it in one place: Taft Forest on Samar Island, 140 m above sea level.[2][3][1]

The adult male frog is about 32.3 to 39.9 mm long from nose to rear end and the adult female frog is 37.4 - 42.4 mm long.[4] This frog has a larger body and larger disks on the ends of its toes than other frogs in Platymantis. It has a mark on its back like the letter W, but it is not always easy to see.[3]

This frog lives in places with a lot of karst rock and limestone. Unlike some other frogs in Platymantis, it lives on the ground. It does not climb trees much.[3]

Name[change | change source]

The word biak is Tagalog for "crag" (rock that sticks out) or "crevice" (big crack in rock). It is called the Luzon limestone forest frog in English because it lives on Luzon Island where there is limestone rock.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (2018). "Platymantis biak". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 3.1: e.T42862906A42862915. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-1.RLTS.T42862906A42862915.en. 42862906. Retrieved April 5, 2023.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Frost, Darrel R. "Platymantis biak Siler, Diesmos, Linkem, Diesmos, and Brown, 2010". Amphibian Species of the World, an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History, New York. Retrieved April 5, 2023.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Maxine Nixon; Alexis Zavala (July 22, 2022). Ann T. Chang (ed.). "Platymantis biak: Siler, Alcala, Diesmos & Brown, 2009". AmphibiaWeb. University of California, Berkeley. Retrieved April 5, 2023.
  4. Siler CD; Diesmos AC; Linkem CW; Diesmos ML; Brown RM (2010). "A new species of limestone-forest frog, genus Platymantis (Amphibia:Anura:Ceratobatrachidae) from central Luzon Island, Philippines". Zootaxa (Abstract). 2482: 49–63. doi:10.5281/zenodo.195468. Retrieved April 5, 2023.