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New species of frog from the genus Leptolalax described by IMC staff in Vietnam

A new species of frog from the Leptolalax genus, Rowley's Leaf-litter Frog (Leptolalax rowleyae) has recently been described from Son Tra Peninsula, Son Tra Nature Reserve, Da Nang City, Vietnam. This beautiful frog is named after Dr. Jodi J. L. Rowley, an amphibian biologist of Australian Museum (Sydney) to honour her great contribution in research of Indochinese amphibians and the genus Leptolalax in particular, describing two-thirds of Indochinese species of Leptolalax.

This new species was described as a result of a research project led by Nguyen Thanh Luan, a scientific officer of Asian Turtle Program of Indo-Myanmar Conservation, in cooperation with other international researchers.

Read more about this species on Zootaxa at

Press release by: Nguyen Thanh Luan – ATP/IMC
6th March 2018

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Leptolalax rowleyae

Above: Leptolalax rowleyae, a very small frog with the length bellow 3cm.
Photo by: Nguyen Thanh Luan – ATP/IMC.


Son Tra Nature Reserve

Above: A view of Son Tra Peninsula; Son Tra NR where new frog is found.
Photo by: Nguyen Thanh Luan – ATP/IMC.


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